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Ducks' Henry Thrun: Harvard commit nabbed by Ducks
Thrun was drafted 101st overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Playing for the loaded USNTDP, which produced countless first-round picks Friday night, Thrun managed to spend most of this past season flying under the radar. While some think Thrun's production (23 points in 28 USHL games) was simply the result of lining up alongside some world-class players, the truth of the matter is Thrun has the size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and smarts to eventually develop into a solid second-pairing defender as a professional. A total of 30-35 points per season seems well within reach for Thrun down the road. The Massachusetts native is committed to Harvard University.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Jackson LaCombe: Joins Ducks in Round 2
LaCombe was drafted 39th overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
A product of the esteemed Shattuck St. Mary's prep school in Minnesota, LaCombe spent this past season beating up on over atched high school kids to the tune of 89 points in 54 games. He was scoreless in five USHL games. A forward until very recently, LaCombe switched to defense when Shattuck was shorthanded and hasn't looked back. It's a story eerily similar to that of the Rangers' 2018 first-rounder, K'Andre Miller. LaCombe doesn't have the skating ability or athleticism of Miller, but he brings an offensive mindset from the back end and has proven to be an adept passer. There will undoubtedly be growing pains along the way, but LaCombe is a high-end lottery ticket worth betting on and this was an astute gamble by Anaheim.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Brayden Tracey: Risk-reward pick for Quackers
Tracey was drafted 29th overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. He was the team's second pick of the first round.
Tracey is a sniper on a steep development curve. But this pick is a real gamble. His skating is average or a bit below, but skating is the easiest thing to develop. You can't teach his touch around the net. Tracey was one of the best rookies in the WHL last season, but at 6-foot and 176 pounds, he has a lot of muscle to pack on before he can compete as a pro. He's likely a middle-six winger, but top-six is possible if he continues to catch lightning in a bottle.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Trevor Zegras: Happy to be drafted by Ducks
Zegras was drafted ninth overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Zegras proved a lot this season -- he was set to be the US National Team's third-line pivot until an injury pushed him into the top six. There, Zegras showed off his elite playmaking and creativity with the puck. He has good speed and thinks the game well. But at 6-foot and just 168 pounds, Zegras needs to build strength to compete as a top-six, two-way pivot. We like his game, but he won't be in the NHL for a while -- he's committed to Boston University (unless he opts out to play with the OHL Mississauga Steelheads). Zegras' ability to drive the play and his silky, soft hands will make him a valuable fantasy asset in the future. Both he and the Ducks are thrilled he was available at nine.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Korbinian Holzer: Inks extension
Holzer signed a one-year extension with the Ducks on Thursday.
In four seasons with Anaheim, Holzer appeared in 99 games and recorded 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) and 211 hits. The German saw his playing time increase in 2018-19, averaging 16:04 of ice time per game, the highest he's seen since 2014-15 with Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Derek Grant: Signs extension
Grant signed a one-year extension with the Ducks on Thursday.
After being traded from Pittsburgh to the Ducks on Jan. 17, Grant appeared in 31 games and recorded nine points and 50 hits while averaging 13:49 of ice time. The Canadian's best season came in his first stint with Anaheim in the 2017-18 season, when he racked up 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) and 92 hits over 66 games.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Ryan Miller: Inks extension
Miller signed a one-year extension with the Ducks on Thursday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Miller appeared in 20 games last season, going 8-7-2 while posting a 2.76 GAA and .912 save percentage and recording one shutout. Among American-born goaltenders, the Michigan native is also the all-time leader in wins (378) and second in shutouts (44) over 757 career NHL games.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Ryan Kesler: Expected to miss 2019-20 season
Kesler underwent surgery to repair his injured hip and is slated to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign.
Kesler missed the final 14 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to his hip issue, but now will be forced to miss all of next season. The team was quick to point out that there is still a chance the 34-year-old could play again, but it will certainly be an uphill battle. There's no doubt the center will be placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season in order to provide the team some relief from his $6.875 million cap hit. Several youngsters; including Troy Terry, Sam Steel and Isac Lundestrom, figure to compete for a spot on the 23-man roster with Kesler unavailable.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Lukas Dostal: Pens entry-level contract
Dostal signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Anaheim on Friday, TSN reports.
Dostal went 4-4-2 with a 1.80 GAA in 10 appearances for Ilves Tampere (Finland) this season. The 18-year-old was drafted by the Ducks with the 85th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and probably will spend another year or two playing overseas before getting a look with AHL San Diego.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Maxime Comtois: Loaned to AHL affiliate
Anaheim assigned Comtois to AHL San Diego on Friday.
San Diego is currently taking on Bakersfield in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs, so Comtois will add some extra fire power to the Gulls' lineup for the remainder of their postseason run. The 2017 second-round pick racked up 31 goals and 48 points in 25 appearances with QMJHL Drummondville this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Isac Lundestrom: Assigned to minor-league affiliate
The Ducks assigned Lundestrom to AHL San Diego on Friday.
San Diego is currently taking on Bakersfield in the second round of the AHL playoffs, so Lundestrom will join the Gulls' ranks for the remainder of their quest for the Calder Cup. The 2018 first-round pick was previously on loan to Lulea HF of the SHL, where he notched nine points in 17 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Hampus Lindholm: Plus-10 over final three games
Lindholm generated six goals, 28 points and a minus-5 rating through 76 games in the 2018-19 season.
Lindholm finished with a negative plus-minus rating for the first time in his six-year career, but a plus-10 rating over the last three games helped cover up some of the damage. His offensive game didn't take a big hit this year, falling just three points shy of the 2017-18 campaign, and he was depended on heavily averaging 24:00 of ice time. Lindholm will continue to be a top-four blueliner with the Ducks next year.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Adam Henrique: Generates 50 points
Henrique recorded 18 goals and 42 points over 82 games in the 2018-19 season.
Henrique posted 50 points between the Ducks and Devils last season, but his regression doesn't look as bad considering the Ducks struggled as a whole. The 29-year-old also posted a career-high eight power-play goals. Henrique could face competition for a top-six center role from promising youngster Sam Steel in training camp next season.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Corey Perry: Totals 10 points
Perry scored six goals and added four assists over 31 games in the 2018-19 season.
Perry missed the first 51 games of the season with a knee injury. He clearly didn't return at full strength as this was the lowest point-per-game pace of his career and his minus-16 is the worst mark of his career. Perry's still being paid $8.625 million -- currently the highest salary on the team -- for the next two years, so the Ducks are hoping he can spend the summer recovering and come back closer to his old self next year.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Rickard Rakell: Struggles to find twine
Rakell registered 18 goals and 43 points in the 2018-19 season.
Rakell was viewed as a promising goal scorer after eclipsing the 30-goal mark in back-to-back seasons. The 25-year-old's game fell off badly this season, though. A big part of the free fall was his struggles at even strength, as his point total dropped from 69 last season to 43 this campaign, but his man-advantage total fell just six points.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Lowest output since rookie campaign
Getzlaf compiled 14 goals, 48 points and a minus-19 rating over 67 games in the 2018-19 season.
The Ducks were in the gutter when it came to offense, and Getzlaf was a big part of that. This was the first time since the 2012-13 lockout that he didn't surpass 60 points, and it was his lowest point total since his rookie season when he posted 39 points in 57 contests. Getzlaf will need better assets around him moving forward to avoid another regression.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Jaycob Megna: Demoted to AHL
Megna was sent down to AHL San Diego on Sunday.
Megna had four points in 28 games at the NHL level this season after appearing in 15 games over the two prior campaigns. He's still on the bubble between the NHL and AHL levels, but he'll go get some extra work in with Anaheim's season all wrapped up. He should rejoin the team for training camp next season.... See More ... See Less
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