Another week, another recall
Norfolk has seen another player recalled, this time rookie defenseman Josh Manson. Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy sustained a hand injury in last night’s game against San Jose during a fight against Joe Pavelski. The injury was part of an unnecessary series of fights that happened to coincide with a 4-1 Sharks win. Lovejoy has been a somewhat reliable, if mismatched, part of the Ducks defense corp. Regular D-partner Cam Fowler will need a new right side, and it should be Sami Vatanen. Don’t expect that.
Josh Manson figures to be an extra used primarily for practice purposes. It does not mean he will not play, though it seems unlikely. Manson checks in at 6’3″ and is another big body on the blueline. Unlike Clayton Stoner or Bryan Allen, Manson does seem to enjoy positive Corsi events. The first-year pro has yet to do anything spectacular though he has looked solid in a few glimpses.
Manson’s recall also speaks to the dearth of defensive talent on the team. Mat Clark is getting lost in the organization, and has not performed anywhere near the level of a 2nd round pick. Jesse Blacker, another 2nd round pick, has never seen an NHL game. Blacker was brought to the Anaheim organization to add some offensive punch to the blueline and has been inconsistent and frequently healthy scratched. Kevin Gagne is an undersized rover at this point, never really play defense, never really playing forward. Andrew O’Brien is a second-year player who may have some promise. It’s very early to tell, and Manson has won this round.
Norfolk must now make a move to add a player on their blueline. My inclination is to believe that the Ads will either recall AHL contract Kevin Lind or sign Charles-Olivier Roussel (4 points, played under Skalde) to a PTO.
F Alex Krushelnyski was released from his PTO today and will report back to Utah…