title has nothing to do with anything I just like the new Arcade Fire song. Pre-season recap + a look at Corey Pronman’s rankings in this post.
Anaheim played their penultimate preseason game tonight in LA against the Kings. A lot of Ducks are banged up and sat out the game. Notables included Jakob Silfverberg, Emerson Etem, and Corey Perry. Nonetheless, there was no need risking further injury.
In ROSTERWATCH tonight, maybe Admirals of note were Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, DSP, Pat Maroon, and John Kurtz. Lindholm shone the brightest, notching the Ducks’ only goal of the night on an early power play and being solid defensively. It’s looking more and more like one of Vatanen or Lindholm is going back to ORF and the early money is on Vats.
Outside of Lindholm, and the first period, the Ducks did not look good. LA is The Team Corsi Built, and for good reason. After Anaheim dominated the first period in possession largely due to Power Plays, the Kings took over the next two periods. The final shot total was LAK 33 ANA 28- though LAK outshot ANA 26-13 in the final two periods. Zone time equals opportunities more opportunities equals more goals.
Viktor Fasth was reliable in goal, which he had to be. I did notice on both sides (and in last night’s BOS/WSH game) that there A LOT more wraparound tries thanks to the shallow nets. It will probably work because of the law of averages, eventually.
On an individual basis, tonight’s ROSTER WATCH players (who aren’t Hampus)
Rickard Rakell-Rakell looked decent at times, at one point stealing the puck and setting up DSP for a nice try that Jonathan Quick stopped. Otherwise 3 Shots with 15:51.
Devante Smith-Pelly- Outside of that one shot from Rakell, DSP didn’t do anything to stand out I can recall. I don’t know with him though I still think he’s coming back to Norfolk. 13:34, 2 Shots, 2 PIM.
Pat Maroon-Got pushed into Quick, might have lifted his knee a bit there. Got in a scuffle. Otherwise….Pat Maroon. An assist on the Lindholm goal (and a nice screen), 3 shots, 4 PIM.
John Kurtz-Was on the ice for 7:02. Was also in a scuffle I think? Eh, he’s just there to be a warm body in the preseason.
Sami Vatanen- Sami played 17:22. Not really on the PP (kinda replaced by Hampus) and was generally not a liability. Leading on the “flight back to Norfolk vs Hampus” race. Not one he wants to win presumably.
Igor Bobkov- Did an excellent job warming the bench. Just great. He is headed back to Norfolk for camp. Utah is at camp with the Admirals, in a sense. Tim Branham, the Grizzlies head coach, is in Norfolk. He’s going to get a couple players from the AHL camp. One might be Bobkov.
Other than Kurtz, I’m not very confident in ROSTERWATCH.
Corey Pronman’s Top 10 Ducks Prospects
The other day, I guessed at some of Corey Pronman’s prospects. I got some of them! You can find them here. 6 out of the top 10 might be in Norfolk this year. I thought Holland had played too many games, turns out he hasn’t. It makes sense to keep him there. He was up and down between leagues last year and needs a solid season somewhere (AHL or NHL) to break out. His situation reminds me a bit of Kyle Palmieri, who has finally reached that permanent status with the Ducks. The “next five” includes Freddie Andersen, Antoine Laganiere, Steven Whitney, and Max Friberg who will all be in a Norfolk sweater this year.
Jim Hodges on Camp
Admirals training camp opened at Scope! I wasn’t there, unfortunately. Jim Hodges has a nice article up with some quotes from Trent Yawney, Mat Clark, and Chris Wagner. This year’s Admirals team will be filled with talented rookies and 2nd year players. Excited about that.
Admirals pre-season starts Friday!