Player News - Ducks

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Rickard Rakell hasn't been able to skate or train, but he is progressing from the complications he sustained from an appendectomy.

He had surgery in mid-September to remove some scar tissue and could be back skating within a week. Rakell may not be ready for the start of the regular season, though. He also still has to work out a new contract with the Ducks and TSN's Bob McKenzie speculates that it could be a six-year deal at somewhere below $4 million AAV.
Sep 28 - 6:28 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have removed Antoine Samuel from their training camp roster.

Samuel had a 3.62 GAA and .887 save percentage in 24 QMJHL games last season. He was never drafted, but had joined Anaheim's camp on a tryout basis.
Sep 28 - 4:26 AM

Alex Dostie has been returned to QMJHL Gatineau.

Dostie was participating in the Anaheim Ducks' training camp. He had 25 goals and 73 points in 54 QMJHL contests in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 4:25 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have cut Darian Skeoch from their training camp roster.

Skeoch had been invited by the Ducks on a tryout basis. He had seven points and 106 penalty minutes in 59 WHL games last season.
Sep 28 - 4:24 AM

Zack MacEwen has been released from his training camp tryout.

MacEwen had 40 points and 56 penalty minutes in 66 QMJHL games in 2015-16. The 20-year-old is an undrafted free agent.
Sep 28 - 4:23 AM

Ryan Kesler doesn't feel the 2016 World Cup compares to the Olympics.

"It was weird," Kesler said. "I thought there’d be more of a buzz in Toronto. There wasn’t … It just didn’t seem like there was a buzz. If you didn’t know what was going on, you wouldn’t even know teams were playing. That’s the only thing I was really disappointed with." By contrast, Kesler considered the Olympic experience "unbelievable." Of course, the World Cup and Olympics aren't mutually exclusive, but there is uncertainty as to whether or not the NHL will participate in the Olympics in addition to the World Cup.
Sep 28 - 4:20 AM

Matt Hackett gave up one goal on 17 shots Tuesday night in the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Teammate Kevin Boyle turned away 18, but let one get past him into the net.

The Ducks were playing their first preseason game against a slightly more limber Coyotes’ team who played to a split decision during a split squad meeting with the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. Boyle has 26 NHL games under his belt with four wins and 17 losses.
Sep 28 - 1:15 AM

Antoine Laganiere scored the only goal for the Anaheim Ducks in their 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. He scored in the second period at the 8:09 minute mark.

Laganiere tied the game for more than a period of play until Henrik Samuelsson scored the game winner 8:50 minutes into period three. Last year, Laganiere played 57 games in the AHL for the San Diego Gulls earning 16 goals and 16 assists in the process.
Sep 28 - 1:00 AM

Shea Theodore is in the hunt for a roster spot, but it's an uphill battle for him.

"Shea Theodore obviously has taken a step ahead of some of the players that have been in San Diego," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "But again, there’s competition for positions. We know that a young, mobile defenseman is a huge asset to your organization." Anaheim has seven blueliners inked to one-way contracts and Theodore isn't one of them. That list also doesn't include Hampus Lindholm, who will get such a deal but for now is still a restricted free agent. So Theodore probably won't be a part of the Ducks' opening game roster, but he has a lot of offensive potential and is someone to keep in the back of your mind in case the Ducks run into injury problems.
Sep 27 - 4:59 AM

Nicolas Kerdiles is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

The Ducks have placed Kerdiles under evaluation as a result and won't put him into any practices until he's over his symptoms. Kerdiles had 15 goals and 27 points in 45 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Sep 26 - 6:31 PM

Ryan Getzlaf was kept out of Monday's practice with Team Canada for "general maintenance."

Getzlaf has two assists in three World Cup games. He also scored a goal and three points in three pre-tournament contests.
Sep 26 - 1:03 PM

The Anaheim Ducks love the versatility of off-season acquisition Antoine Vermette.

Vermette is able to play all three forward positions and could slot in as the number three pivot or on the wing of the top two lines. "He can play all three forward positions," new head coach Randy Carlyle said. "He’s a 55-plus percenter in the faceoff circle. Left-hand faceoff guy. He can play power play. He can play penalty killing. He can move up your lineup, he can move down your lineup. And he’s going to see lots of ice." Look for 35-40 points and 50 penalty minutes from the ex-Coyote.
Sep 26 - 6:34 AM

Hampus Lindholm and Jhonas Enroth will be scratched from Sunday's semi-final match against Team Europe.

Nether Lindholm nor Enroth have dressed in the tournament proper thus far, with Lindholm briefly appearing in a pre-lim game two weeks ago now. A tough way to begin one's season, unless Sweden goes on to win gold, that is.
Source: Dan Rosen
Sep 25 - 12:40 PM

Sami Vatanen has shown up at the Ducks training camp.

Vatanen played in the World Cup so he will get a few days off before returning to the ice as he did not make an appearance Saturday at the Ducks training camp venue. The Finnish defenseman has to be disappointed with the fact that Finland failed to win a game at the tourney but will try to surpass 40 points for the first time in his career this season as he has had 37 and 38 points in each of the last two seasons despite missing 26 games over that span through injury and rest. He should be drafted in the middle rounds of deeper pools.
Sep 25 - 5:37 AM

Defenseman Simon Despres is looking to remain healthy this season as he had a couple of concussions in 2015-16.

Despres was concussed in October after a hit by Tyson Barrie in the fifth game of the season and sat out 42 games at the time. The symptoms returned in late March after a game in Montreal when he was hit again. "Well, I was sensitive to light," Despres said. "Sensitive to noise. More emotional. I had headaches. Dizziness. Close to fainting. Stuff like that. ... It was a challenge. It was dangerous." Despres is currently healthy and has changed his number from 24 to 6 in hopes of a new start. He had only four points in 32 games last season so we definitely do not recommend the veteran defenseman in fantasy pools.
Sep 25 - 5:31 AM


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