Hockey is here in a true sense! Last night saw the official start of the NHL season, which means the AHL season is on its way. Six teams opened last night, and tonight the Anaheim Ducks make their season debut against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. With that, the Ads (and Ducks) have some good news today.
Jakob Silfverberg, who was listed on the IR so the Ducks had an extra body to practice on Monday, is off the IR. This was an expected move, of course. In a corresponding roster move, the Ducks sent down Devante Smith-Pelly to Norfolk. I called that one and I am gonna stop patting myself on the back now.
Devo scored 14+18=32 for the Ads, making him the current leader in returning scorers. If/when Peter Holland and/or Sami Vatanen get sent back down, they’ll take those reigns. None the less, it’s nice to see some veteran offense on the team. I’d expect one of Hampus Lindholm or Sami Vatanen to come back once Ducks D Luca Sbisa heals up from his injury.
If I had to make a guess, it’s going to be Hampus, as he’s scratched for tonight’s opener at Colorado. Bruce Boudreau wants him to “watch an NHL game,” according to Dan Wood. Things aren’t all bad for Ads alums. F Patrick Maroon will play against the Avalanche, being rewarded for an outstanding camp with the Ducks. The power forward beat out veteran Dustin Penner for the spot, which came as a small surprise to some.
Minor complaint: The Admirals’ 2013-14 roster does not exist. Why is this even happening? The team plays the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, and I’d like to know numbers and stuff. Hartford already has their team roster up!
Additional news: Happy 24th birthday to goalie Frederik Andersen…. D Kyle Cumiskey has signed a contract with MODO, the SHL team he played with last year…
e: Jason over at Chips says that the rosters are due to the league office tomorrow.