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Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Silfverberg is expected to serve as a second-line player for the Ducks this season, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: After earning the trust of coach Bruce Boudreau during the postseason, Silfverberg will have the opportunity to flank Ryan Kesler, which should allow him to surpass last season's totals of 10 goals and 13 assists over 52 games. A former MVP in the Swedish Elite League, the 23-year-old Silfverberg may not fully breakout this season, but a 60-point campaign could eventually be realized in the coming years.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rakell is viewed as the favorite to claim the Ducks' No. 3 center job before training camp ends, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The 21-year-old Rakell is battling another young Swede (William Karlsson) for those duties, but seems to have the inside track, thanks to the 18 games he logged with the Ducks last season. With Saku Koivu announcing his retirement in the offseason, Rakell prepared for an appointment to the third line by adding 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He's adapted well to the added responsibility thus far in training camp, but the strong play of Karlsson has kept the competition between the two centers closer than what was initially thought. If Rakell is able to stave off Rakell and win the gig, the Ducks' quality depth on the wing could potentially aid him to a 30-point season.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Palmieri (ankle) skated for the second straight day Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Palmieri is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason while he recovers from the ankle injury, but the team isn't yet ruling him out for the Oct. 9 regular season opener. He'll attempt to increase his activity over the next few days, after which the Ducks should offer more clarity on a possible return date.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heatley suffered a groin injury during Sunday's preseason contest and will be out for a minimum of one week, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The injury puts Heatley's availability for the Oct. 9 regular season opener against the Penguins in serious jeopardy, but perhaps more significantly, it could end coach Bruce Boudreau's experiment with Heatley on the top line next to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. With Heatley unable to practice Monday, Patrick Maroon occupied the top left wing spot, and would likely do so for as long as Heatley remains sidelined.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobkov was assigned to AHL Norfolk on Monday, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: With John Gibson and Frederik Andersen already in the fold, Bobkov is mostly an afterthought as far as young Ducks goalie prospects go. After appearing in only 10 games behind Gibson at Norfolk last season, Bobkov should be on track for a more significant workload in the minors in 2014-15.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noesen was assigned to AHL Norfolk on Monday, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Noesen, a former first-round selection back in 2011, wrapped up his junior career at OHL Plymouth last season, accumulating 53 points in 51 games. A full campaign at Norfolk likely awaits for the 21-year-old, who could put himself on the big club's radar if he's able to adapt quickly to AHL play.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kerdiles was assigned to AHL Norfolk on Monday, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: After wrapping up his two-year career at the University of Wisconsin last season, Kerdiles, a former second-round draft choice by the Ducks in 2012, will enter his first season as a professional. The 20-year-old remains blocked by the Ducks' wave of forward talent already on the roster, but if he thrives at Norfolk right away, he could find himself on the team's short list of injury call-ups.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leblanc was waived by the Ducks on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Acquired from the Canadiens in June, Leblanc failed to win a role as a depth center for the Ducks in training camp, losing out to the likes of Rickard Rakell and Nate Thompson. The 23-year-old will give the team some organizational depth while playing regularly at AHL Norfolk.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kesler will make his Ducks debut in Thursday night's preseason gmae against the Kings, likely centering the top line.
Impact: The big offseason acquisition noted that he wants to "chisel off the rust" and is excited to suit up in a Ducks uniform for the first time. Kesler brings more grit, net-front presence and overall skill to a team that has plenty of it. Finally out of Vancouver after three disappointing seasons in a row, the 30-year-old center should have plenty of fantasy value while centering the Ducks' second line and seeing plenty of ice time on the man advantage.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson was first off the ice and will get the nod in net Thursday against the Kings in Los Angeles, reports NHL.com's Curtis Zupke.
Impact: After a tough outing in his first preseason appearance, Gibson will get another shot at not only impressing the coaching staff, but beating the team that knocked the Ducks out of the playoffs a season ago. Gibson played in four games against the Kings in the 2013-14 playoffs, going 2-2 with a 2.25 GAA and .905 save percentage, including a 28-save shutout. The Pittsburgh native is likely going to start the season as Frederik Andersen's backup, but he should see quite a few starts this season. However, Andersen is coming off a big 2013-14 of his own and blanked the Avs in his only preseason appearance thus far.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Andersen was stellar, making 27 saves to shut out the Avalanche in the Ducks first game of the preseason.
Impact: Andersen helped his case for opening the season as the No. 1 netminder, although this is one goaltending battle we will be monitoring closely. John Gibson will get his shot to impress the coaching staff as well, after posting incredible numbers in last season's postseason.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heatley had the opening tally and eventual game winner in the Ducks' 4-0 victory over the Avalanche in his first preseason game with his new team.
Impact: Heatley has been skating with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the team's top unit. If he starts the season alongside the Ducks' elite duo, he may have some deep league value.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Theodore will be out at least for a month after spraining a ligament in his right elbow last weekend.
Impact: The defenseman was Anaheim's first-round pick in 2013.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Palmieri is expected to miss at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain. The Anaheim Ducks announced Palmieri's injury Friday, saying he hopes to return for the final preseason game.
Impact: Palmieri set career highs with 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season. He has spent parts of the last four seasons in Anaheim, recording 29 goals and 31 assists. Palmieri also has scored three goals in each of the last two postseasons.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Palmieri sprained his ankle during training camp and hopes to return for the team's final preseason game, the Ducks' official site reports.
Impact: The injury is not good news for Palmieri's fantasy value, but he should be able to do most of his recovery before the regular season starts. How and if he plays in the final preseason game will be important in determining his value for the start of the season.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perry is projected to be a top performer when it comes to fantasy production and real-life utility alike this coming season, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Over his past four seasons, the versatile winger is clutch in formats using multiple categories. In that span, he's compiled 145 goals, 276 points, 368 PIM and a plus-44 rating. Perry puts up stellar stats in other areas as well. Last season, he totaled 280 shots on goal, 18 power-play points, nine game-winning goals and 81 hits. Point is, Perry is a top option in fantasy drafts and special in category-driven formats.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith-Pelly signed a two-year contract with the Ducks on Tuesday.
Impact: Smith-Pelly has scored nine goals and 14 assists with 18 penalty minutes in 75 career NHL games for the Ducks. Selected in the second round of the 2010 Draft, the 22-year-old will continue his development in Anaheim.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith-Pelly has agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million deal to return to the Anaheim Ducks.
Impact: Smith-Pelly has scored 23 points in 75 games over the past three seasons with the Ducks, bouncing between the NHL and Anaheim's AHL affiliates. He had two goals and eight assists in 19 games last year for the Ducks. Smith-Pelly solidified his Anaheim roster spot with an outstanding postseason last spring, leading the Ducks with five playoff goals.