Anaheim Ducks Player News: All Positions

News: Wideman has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Wideman saw action with the Senators, Oilers and Panthers last season, appearing in a total of 25 NHL games in which he tallied two goals, five assists and 27 shots. The 29-year-old will likely split time between the NHL and AHL, but the rebuilding Ducks could find a spot for him in the lineup.
News: Kloos has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kloos appeared in one game for the Ducks last season, instead spending the bulk of the year in the minors. The University of Minnesota product figures to continue playing for AHL San Diego this year, but could see a few additional contests in 2019-20.
News: De Leo signed a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim on Friday, CapFriendly reports.
Impact: De Leo played in just one NHL game last year, in which he recorded four shots, one hit and a minus-1 rating while logging 12:32 of ice time. While in the minors, the center notched 20 goals and 35 helpers in 66 appearances. With the Ducks looking to retool their lineup, De Leo could earn a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus Arizona on Oct. 3.
News: Del Zotto signed a one-year contract with the Ducks on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Del Zotto found himself on three different teams over the course of last season -- Vancouver, Anaheim and St. Louis -- and, in all, racked up 10 points (one goal, nine assists) over 42 total games. While the 29-year-old was with the eventual-champion Blues for their postseason run, he didn't see any ice time after a 4-3 loss to the Lightning on March 23. While Del Zotto may be able to find stability with the Ducks this coming season after averaging over 17 minutes of ice time in 2018-19, his fantasy value could have a fairly low ceiling.
News: Martinsen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks on Friday.
Impact: Martinsen's most recent NHL action came before he was waived by Chicago on January 4. The Norwegian saw ice time in 24 games for the Blackhawks and logged four points, but was a healthy scratch for four of five games before being waived. Martinsen also saw action in 38 regular-season games for AHL Rockford last season, logging three goals and eight assists.
News: De Leo filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: De Leo appeared in 66 games in the minors last season, racking up 20 goals and 35 assists. The California native was extended a qualifying offer by Anaheim on June 26, but it appears he would like a different offer from the club. If both parties agree to a new salary, which is highly likely, De Leo could see an increased role with the parent club in 2019-20.
News: Cracknell agreed to terms on a one-year contract with KHL club Kunlun Red Star.
Impact: Cracknell was only able to break into the Ducks lineup for two games last season, in which he notched zero points, three shots and a minus-1 rating while averaging 10:26 of ice time. The veteran center has appeared in 210 NHL games over his nine-year career, amassing 21 goals and 22 helpers over that stretch. This move likely marks the end of Cracknell's NHL career as he figures to close it out overseas.
News: Hakanpaa agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Impact: Hakanpaa spent the past three seasons playing in Sweden for Karpat, including a 2018-19 campaign in which he recorded 11 goals and 12 helpers in 52 contests. The 27-year-old last played in North America back in 2014-15, when he was with AHL Chicago as part of the Blues organization. The blueliner should have an inside track on a spot in the lineup for Opening Night versus Arizona on Oct. 3.
News: Stolarz signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Ducks on Tuesday, Renadu Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Stolarz will likely serve in an AHL role with John Gibson and Ryan Miller both on hand to tend goal at the NHL level. The 25-year-old netminder has a 3.04 GAA .908 save percentage over 25 career NHL appearances (16 starts) between the Flyers and Oilers.
News: Pietila signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks on Tuesday.
Impact: Pietila has some NHL experience, appearing in 38 career games for the Devils, half of which came last season. He has only four points, though, so chances are he won't make the big club in Anaheim unless injuries strike.
News: Poturalski signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks on Tuesday.
Impact: Poturalski is a high-end AHL contributor, having taken home the Calder Cup Playoff MVP award last season. That said, he's never quite been able to stick in the NHL, with his only two appearances coming with Carolina back in the 2016-17 season. Poturalski will hope to make the big club in camp.
News: Deslauriers was traded to the Ducks from the Canadiens in exchange for a fourth-round pick on Sunday.
Impact: Deslauriers should provide some cheap forward depth for the Ducks next season. However, he scored just five points in 48 games last season and has just 49 points in 317 career NHL contests. He shouldn't appear on too many fantasy radars even after the trade.
News: Carrick signed a one-year contract extension worth $700,000 by the Ducks on Thursday, CapFriendly.com reports.
Impact: Carrick spent much of last season in the minor leagues, only appearing in six games for Anaheim. He'll look to work his way up to a low-line role with the Ducks in the coming campaign.
News: Terry took part in an on-ice workout Wednesday at the Ducks' development camp, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Terry is working his way back from a non-displaced fracture of his leg, but he appears to be on track to be fully healthy by the time training camp opens in September. The 21-year-old forward notched four goals and 13 points in 32 games with Anaheim last season, but he'll likely step into a full-time role with the big club in 2019-20.
News: The Lightning didn't send Hults a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Hults, who spent the bulk of the 2018-19 campaign with ECHL Orlando, will be looking to land a two-way deal with a new club once he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
News: The Ducks elected to not extend Thompson a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Thompson will thus become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 23-year-old blueliner may have to settle for an AHL-only deal with his next organization after picking up just seven points in 53 minor-league games this campaign.
News: Dotchin didn't receive a qualifying offer from Anaheim on Tuesday.
Impact: Dotchin was pretty ineffective during his time with the Ducks this season, picking up one assist while posting a minus-4 rating in 20 games, so Anaheim shouldn't have much trouble replacing his production in 2019-20. The 2012 sixth-round pick should, however, be able to land a two-way deal with a new club with relative ease this offseason.
News: The Ducks extended Kloos a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Kloos performed well in the minors last season, racking up 18 goals and 45 points in 59 games. However, the 25-year-old has only appeared in two NHL games since turning pro in 2016-17, and there's no reason to believe he's going to be able to carve out a regular role with the big club in 2019-20.
News: De Leo was given a qualifying offer by the Ducks on Tuesday.
Impact: De Leo was highly impressive in the minors last season, racking up 20 goals and 55 points in 66 games, and should be in prime position to earn a regular role with the big club this campaign.
News: Thrun was drafted 101st overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: 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.
News: LaCombe was drafted 39th overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: 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.
News: 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.
Impact: 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.
News: Zegras was drafted ninth overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: 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.
News: Holzer signed a one-year extension with the Ducks on Thursday.
Impact: 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.
News: Grant signed a one-year extension with the Ducks on Thursday.
Impact: 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.
News: Miller signed a one-year extension with the Ducks on Thursday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: 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.
News: Perry's contract was bought out by Anaheim on Wednesday, allowing him to hit the free-agent market July 1.
Impact: Perry was holding a no-movement clause that prevented the club from finding suitable trade partners. The center had two years remaining on the eight-year, $69 million deal he signed in March of 2013. The Ducks will save $6 million in cap space for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign. Injuries limited Perry to just 31 appearances this season, in which he tallied six goals, four assists and 59 shots. Even at 34 years of age, the four-time All-Star and 2011 Hart Trophy winner can provide solid depth scoring and will no doubt try to sign with a contender for 2019-20.
News: Per Igor Eronko of Sport-Express, Sustr has signed a one-year deal with Kunlun of the KHL.
Impact: Sustr only appeared in five games with the Ducks in 2018-19, so he's decided to take his talents to China in order to get a bump in playing time and perhaps in pay as well. The 28-year-old blueliner will almost certainly remain overseas for the remainder of his professional playing career, which means he'll likely finish his time in the NHL having notched 63 points in 323 career appearances.
News: Kesler underwent surgery to repair his injured hip and is slated to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: 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.
News: Dostal signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Anaheim on Friday, TSN reports.
Impact: 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.
News: Anaheim assigned Comtois to AHL San Diego on Friday.
Impact: 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.
News: The Ducks assigned Lundestrom to AHL San Diego on Friday.
Impact: 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.