Anaheim Ducks Player News: All Positions

News: Getzlaf earned an assist and dished out three hits in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The original scoring report didn't have Getzlaf listed with the helper on Jakob Silfverberg's goal, but this was corrected after the contest, as reported by Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register. The scoring change gives Getzlaf four points in eight games to start the season.
News: Fowler recorded an assist and went plus-2 in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Fowler is up to five points in eight contests this year, with four of those points coming on a four-game point streak. The American defenseman also has a plus-7 rating and should frequently contribute on the power play. His lack of success in those situations so far is because the Ducks have gone 1-for-19 with a man advantage.
News: Steel picked up an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: After injuries stalled the center in training camp and the early parts of the season, Steel is beginning to heat up with assists in his last two games. He's skating on a young line with Max Jones and Troy Terry, so don't expect a consistent stream of offense, but the three youngsters could find a few hot streaks this year.
News: Lindholm notched an assist, a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and a pair of blocked shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Swedish defenseman also skated a team-high 23:28 in the contest. Those are well-earned minutes for Lindholm, who has five assists and a plus-3 rating through eight games this year.
News: Kase supplied a helper in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Kase had the secondary assist on Adam Henrique's opening tally in the first period. The Czech winger has five points and a plus-5 rating in eight games this season. It's a reasonable pace for the 23-year-old, who will be looking to top 40 points for the first time in 2019-20.
News: Del Zotto registered an assist and went plus-2 with two hits in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Del Zotto is up to two points and a plus-5 rating in six games this season. The 29-year-old defenseman also has 15 hits. Del Zotto's best offensive years seem to be behind him, but he could produce upwards of 20 points if he remains a fixture on the Ducks' blue line.
News: Rakell notched two assists, one while shorthanded, and added three shots on goal in a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Friday.
Impact: Rakell had the primary assist on the opening goal by Adam Henrique and then set up Carter Rowney's shorthanded tally in the second period. The multi-point effort extends Rakell's point streak to four games, during which he's produced six of his seven points on the year. The Swedish winger has added 28 shots on goal and 11 hits in eight appearances.
News: Rowney netted a shorthanded goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Rowney's first tally of the year made it 4-2 for the Ducks, which spelled the end of Petr Mrazek's night. The physical fourth-liner has two points and 21 hits through eight appearances, although Friday was the first time he wasn't credited with a hit this season. The 30-year-old had 20 points and 178 hits in 62 games in 2018-19, showing he could contribute some depth scoring.
News: Terry scored a goal on two shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: It's been an incredibly slow start to the campaign for the 22-year-old winger, as the goal was his first point in eight games. Terry will have some growing pains adjusting to his first full NHL campaign, but he showed promise with 13 points in 32 outings in 2018-19.
News: Henrique netted the opening goal of Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The center struck just 4:06 into the game to put the Ducks ahead, and they never looked back. Henrique had three shots on goal and two blocked shots in the contest as well. For the year, the 29-year-old has six points and a plus-7 rating in eight appearances.
News: Silfverberg notched a goal on two shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Swedish winger has picked up the pace with all seven of his points coming in the last six games after a pair of scoreless outings to start the year. Silfverberg was also skating in his 500th game. His career high in points is 49, set in 2016-17, but the early returns this year suggest he might be in line for a big campaign.
News: Miller stopped 22 of 24 shots in a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Friday.
Impact: Making the start after not being available Wednesday, Miller was sharp enough to get the win. Only a short stretch in the second period would damage his line, as he gave up both goals in a span of 3:33. The 39-year-old has allowed just three scores in two starts this year, winning both of them. John Gibson will likely tend twine Sunday versus the Flames.
News: Miller (undisclosed) will tend the home goal Friday, Ducks PA announcer Phil Hulett reports.
Impact: Miller was originally expected to back up John Gibson in Friday's contest, but he will instead draw the start. The 39-year-old missed Wednesday's game against the Sabres with the undisclosed issue. Miller's only other start this season resulted in a win over the Blue Jackets, with the veteran goalie allowing just one goal.
News: Miller (undisclosed) is listed as the projected backup for Friday's game versus the Hurricanes, Dan Arritt of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Miller will remain on the bench for the seventh time in eight games this season, serving essentially as a spot starter when John Gibson needs a breather. Given his age, the Ducks probably don't want to run him out there too often, and there are no back-to-back sets in the near future, so he won't be needed soon.
News: Guhle (lower body) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: The Ducks have yet to release an expected timetable for Guhle's recovery, but the fact that he's now on IR suggests he may be in danger of missing extended time. Another update on the 22-year-old blueliner's status may not surface until he's officially activated off the injured list.
News: Fowler picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Fowler's riding a modest three-game point streak with his power-play helper on a Ryan Getzlaf tally in the second period. The defender has four points and a plus-5 rating in seven outings this year.
News: Comtois supplied an assist and four PIM in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Comtois' first point in three games this season came on Adam Henrique's second tally of the contest. The feisty winger has added 12 hits and six PIM since his callup from AHL San Diego. He may shuttle between the Ducks and the Gulls this year, but the second-round pick from 2017 will be given plenty of opportunity to make an impact when he's with the parent club.
News: Steel notched a power-play assist and won 8 of 9 faceoffs in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Steel has been limited to just three games after battling an upper-body injury. The assist is his first point of the season. The 21-year-old is centering the third line, but the Ducks will be expecting him to take a step forward in his development this year.
News: Manson registered two assists, two hits, two shots and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Manson entered the contest without a point in six games, but he assisted the Ducks' first and last goals to get on the scoresheet for the first time. The defenseman has provided 22 hits and nine blocked shots this year, but fantasy owners will want to see him add more offense. Manson had 16 points in 74 outings last year, while his breakout 37-point effort came in 2017-18.
News: Getzlaf's power-play goal was the game-winner in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: The tally came on his only shot in the contest. Both of Getzlaf's goals this season have secured victories for the Ducks. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the 34-year-old has only three points, 13 shots and 17 hits through seven games.
News: Rakell scored a goal, added a helper and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Rakell helped the Ducks erase an early 2-0 deficit by assisting on Adam Henrique's first-period goal. Rakell then needed just 57 seconds in the second period to knot the score. After a bit of a slow start, the 26-year-old has five points and 25 shots on goal in seven contests.
News: Silfverberg scored an empty-net goal and added two helpers in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Silfverberg set up tallies by his linemates Rickard Rakell and Adam Henrique in the second period, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead in the process. The 29-year-old Swede also went plus-4 in the contest. For the year, Silfverberg has six points, a plus-8 rating and 15 shots on goal in seven games.
News: Henrique scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Henrique put momentum on the Ducks' side by tallying their first goal with 1:20 left in the first period, and then demoralized the Sabres by scoring with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. The center went plus-4 and had four PIM in the contests as well, contributing across many categories. Through seven games, Henrique now has five points, 19 shots and a plus-6 rating.
News: Gibson stopped 31 of 33 shots in a 5-2 win over the Sabres on Wednesday.
Impact: It looked iffy at the start as Gibson allowed two goals in the first period, but he was dialed in after that. The Pennsylvania native improved to a 4-2-0 record with and he's allowed more than two goals in only one of his six appearances. He'll likely face another tough test Friday when the Hurricanes come to town.
News: Manson has gone scoreless while averaging 20:56 of ice time in six games this season.
Impact: Manson isn't much of an offensive threat from the blue line, so he'll generally be tasked with shutting down the opposition's top offensive threats rather than putting up points this season. He'll likely be good for 180-plus hits and 90-plus blocked shots in 2019-20, but won't be worth consideration in fantasy formats that don't count those categories.
News: Deslauriers has been a healthy scratch for four of the Ducks' first six games of the campaign.
Impact: Deslauriers will be a healthy scratch more often than not in 2019-20, and won't pose much of an offensive threat when in the lineup, so he won't be worthy of consideration in daily or season-long fantasy formats this season.
News: Holzer has gone scoreless while averaging 16:40 of ice time in four games this season.
Impact: Holzer will once again provide veteran leadership on the back end for the Ducks in 2019-20, but his unpredictable playing time and lack of offensive upside will keep him off the fantasy radar in all formats.
News: Larsson has logged one assist and a plus-2 rating while averaging 16:23 of ice time through the first six games of the season.
Impact: Larsson will be a solid bottom-four defender for the Ducks in 2019-20, but he won't be a viable fantasy option as a player with limited offensive upside skating in a sheltered role.
News: Gibson will patrol the home crease in Wednesday's game against the Sabres, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Bruins lit up Gibson for four goals on 23 shots in his last outing, so he'll look to get back on track. The red-hot Sabres are coming to town with a three-game win streak where they piled up 11 total goals, including three on the power play, so Gibson will be tested to avoid dropping his third straight start.
News: Guhle (lower body) isn't expected to play Wednesday against the Sabres, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Guhle's still on the mend from a lower-body injury, so he'll sit out for the third straight game. He was solid in his first four outings this year with two assists, six shots on net and seven blocked shots. His next chance to crack the lineup will be Friday against the Hurricanes.
News: Miller (undisclosed) won't dress for Wednesday's game against the Sabres, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The Ducks have yet to reveal any details regarding the circumstances surrounding Miller's absence, but another update should surface prior to Friday's game against Carolina. If he's forced to miss extended time, No. 1 netminder John Gibson will be in line for additional starts.
News: The Ducks assigned Lundestrom to AHL San Diego on Tuesday, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The 19-year-old Swede will be better off in bus league getting top-six minutes than splitting time in the NHL between the press box and the fourth line. Lundestrom played three games with the Ducks and posted zero points, a plus-2 rating and three shots on net.
News: Rakell scored a goal on four shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: Rakell got the Ducks on the board late in the second period, beating Boston goalie Jaroslav Halak cleanly with a heavy wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. The goal gave Rakell points in three of his last four games. He has also thrown 20 shots on goal during that four-game stretch. Rakell put up back-to-back 30-goal campaigns in 2016-17 and 2017-18 but slipped to 18 last season as his shooting percentage dipped to single digits. A rebound in the latter category should lift him back into the 25-30 goal range.
News: Henrique had a goal and an assist and was plus-2 with four shots on net in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Impact: Henrique set up Rickard Rakell's goal late in the second period before scoring one of his own with less than four minutes left in the third. Monday's performance broke a brief three-game point drought for Henrique, who had 18 goals and 42 points last season in his first year with the Ducks.
News: Gibson allowed four goals on 23 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Impact: Gibson was done in by Boston winger David Pastrnak, who scored all four of the Bruins' goals. It marked the second loss in a row for Gibson after he had opened the season with three straight wins. However, it was also the first time all year he had allowed more than two goals in a game, and he'll enter his next start with a 1.82 GAA and .941 save percentage. Gibson and the Bruins will face the Sabres on Wednesday.
News: Contrary to a previous report, Steel (upper body) is expected to play in Monday's game against the Bruins.
Impact: Steel skated in warmups but wasn't a consistent member of line rushes. However, it appears Devin Shore will come out of the lineup to make room for Steel, who was lifted from IR on Monday.
News: Guhle (lower body) won't play in Monday's game against the Bruins, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Guhle will miss his second straight game. He had a decent start to the season with two assists over the first four games, and it looks like the Ducks want to deploy him on the second pairing once he's healthy. Guhle will look to return for Wednesday's home game against the Sabres.
News: Steel (upper body) won't play in Monday's game against the Bruins, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Although Steel was lifted from injured reserve Monday, the Ducks will wait to plug him into the lineup. Adam Henrique will continue centering the second line.
News: Gibson will face off against the Bruins for Monday's road game, Jack Edwards of NESN reports.
Impact: Gibson has been the best goalie in the league so far, as he has allowed a combined five goals in four games despite facing at least 28 shots in each matchup. The lack of offensive support -- the Ducks average just 2.20 goals per game -- makes it tough for Gibson to mark the win column, but he can make his own fantasy value by playing the way he has. The Bruins will be a tough test, though, as they're 4-0-1 with a powerful top six.
News: Steel (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Monday, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Now that he's healthy, Steel is expected to draw into the top six for Monday's afternoon game against the Bruins. Many peg this as a breakout year for Steel after he registered 11 points in 22 games last season, so he'll look to stay healthy and stack the scoresheet starting with the Bruins' tough defensive squad.
News: Fowler scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The blueliner now has two goals through five games, and both have been game-winners -- matching his GWG total from all of last year. Fowler is a steady contributor on offense, but not an elite one, and he hasn't reached the 40-point plateau since he was an 18-year-old rookie in 2010-11.
News: Miller made 26 saves in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Pierre-Luc Dubois beat him from a bad angle late in the second period, but otherwise Miller stood tall in his first start of the season. The 39-year-old won't see a lot of work behind John Gibson, but his 2.35 GAA, .928 save percentage and four shutouts in 28 games last year for the Ducks indicates he can still take care of business when called upon.
News: Guhle is considered day-to-day and will miss Friday's game against the Blue Jackets due to a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Guhle's absence opens the door for Michael Del Zotto to rejoin the lineup after he sat as a healthy scratch for Thursday's tilt versus the Penguins. Guhle, on the other hand, will have the weekend to rest up before the Ducks return to the action Monday in Boston.
News: Miller will guard the goal Friday against the Blue Jackets in Columbus, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Miller will give John Gibson a breather after Gibson handled each of the Ducks' first four games. The veteran netminder enters his 17th NHL season no longer as the mainstay between the pipes, but as a backup who is certainly capable of handling his allotted games as needed. He'll be tasked Friday with staving off shots from a Blue Jackets club that has been doubled up in the scoring department through its first three games of the season.
News: Ritchie picked up an assist and tacked on five hits in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The physical winger had the puck pinned against the board behind the net before sliding a backhand pass to Ondrej Kase, who buried it for the only Ducks goal of the game. Ritchie was showing off the skill that got him drafted 10th overall in 2014. He had a career-high 31 points last season, and figures to factor in the offense more this year as he holds a spot on the first power-play unit.
News: Guhle picked up an assist on the Ducks' only goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Guhle now has assists in back-to-back games and has averaged 19:07 of ice time through the first four contests of the campaign. He will no doubt pass his career high in both games played (18) and points (5) this season with the Ducks, but he's still developing at 22 years old.
News: Gibson made 26 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins on Thursday night.
Impact: Gibson allowed more than one goal for just the first time in four starts this season. He has made 124 saves on 129 shots in those four games. The Ducks really seem to be buying into the ethos of hard work and teamwork being preached by new coach, Dallas Eakins. If that continues, Gibson's game gets far easier, as he won't be called on to bail his mates out nearly as often as he has had to do in the past.
News: Gibson is listed as a player to watch in Wes Crosby's NHL.com game preview, indicating he'll start between the pipes in Thursday's road game against the Penguins.
Impact: Gibson has been the best goaltender in the NHL thus far this season, picking up three consecutive victories while posting a superb 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage. The 26-year-old American will look to keep rolling in a road matchup with a banged-up Pittsburgh team that will be without Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body) and Bryan Rust (hand).
News: Rakell found twine once on five shots in Tuesday's 3-1 road win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Rakell fashioned back-to-back 30-goal seasons before an injury-riddled 2018-19 campaign saw his total dip to an 18-spot. As long as stays out of the medical room and remains in the top six, the Swede should remain productive for fantasy owners abound.
News: Silfverberg produced a goal and an assist Tuesday in a 3-1 road win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The Ducks' uninspiring 2018-19 campaign -- they finished with a 35-37-10 record -- has resulted in their players generally being overlooked in the infancy of the new season. However, a veteran like Silfverberg deserves consideration in most formats, as he's banked at least 40 points for three straight years.
News: Gibson allowed one goal on 31 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Impact: The Pittsburgh native is off to a fast start with three wins in his first three starts. That's come as a bit of a shock too, as Gibson had a hard time winning games with the struggling Ducks at the end of last season.
News: Gibson will guard the goal in Tuesday's road game against the Red Wings, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gibson has had a fantastic start to the season, picking up back-to-back victories over the Coyotes and Sharks while posting a superb 1.00 GAA and .971 save percentage. The 26-year-old American will look to pick up a third consecutive win in a road matchup with a hot Detroit team that has racked up nine goals through its first two games of the campaign.
News: Steel (upper body) is traveling with the Ducks for their four-game road trip, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Anaheim has yet to release a specific timetable for Steel's return to the lineup, but it's safe to assume that the team is expecting him to be ready to rock at some point over the next week. Once he's given the green light, the 21-year-old rookie will slot into a middle-six role for the Ducks. Steel will remain on injured reserve until he's cleared to play.
News: Comtois was promoted from AHL San Diego on Monday, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Recalling Comtois could be an indication the club is expecting Sam Steel (upper body) to be unavailable for its upcoming four-game road trip. Even with his promotion, the 19-year-old Comtois may have to settle for a spot in the press box, starting with Tuesday's clash with the Red Wings.
News: Groulx signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Ducks on Sunday.
Impact: Groulx was the 54th-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft before exploding for 31 goals and 80 points with QMJHL Halifax last season. In 2019-20, he's already notched three points in as many games. The 19-year-old should see some brief time with AHL San Diego after the conclusion of the QMJHL campaign.
News: Lindholm picked up an assist and two blocked shots while rating plus-2 in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: That's a helper in both games for the minutes-eating Swedish defenseman this season. Lindholm has added six blocked shots and averaged 24:39 per game.
News: Kase provided two assists, six shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Kase is doing everything right to start the season, setting up Michael Del Zotto and Ryan Getzlaf for goals in Saturday's contest. The Czech winger has 11 shots through two games. With volume like that, it's only a matter of time before one of the biscuits ends up in the basket.
News: Del Zotto scored a goal and added three hits and two blocked shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Del Zotto struck just 3:38 into the game for the opening goal, slinging the puck into a yawning cage after Ondrej Kase stole the puck from Sharks goalie Aaron Dell behind the net. Del Zotto was once a formidable point-producer, but he last hit the 30-point threshold in 2014-15 when he played for the Flyers. The blueliner did have 129 hits in 42 games last season, but that came with only 10 points.
News: Henrique scored a goal and tallied six shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: It was a moment of individual brilliance for the center, who forced a turnover in the neutral zone and cut in front of Sharks goalie Aaron Dell to deposit a backhand shot in the twine. Henrique also had three hits in the contest. The third-round pick from 2008 recorded 18 goals and 42 points in 82 games last season, and he typically plays in all situations.
News: Getzlaf scored a goal on his only shot in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The center made the most of a pass from Ondrej Kase in the second period, restoring the Ducks' lead just 1:07 after the Sharks' Logan Couture had tied the game. Getzlaf also went 9-for-12 at the faceoff dot. The 34-year-old has managed only three shots in two games to start the year, and he's averaging 15:22 of ice time per game -- down from the 19:28 average last season.
News: Gibson allowed one goal on 36 shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: It was a solid impersonation of a brick wall by Gibson, who was peppered throughout the game but allowed only a second-period goal to Logan Couture. The 26-year-old goalie improves to 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .971 save percentage early in the year. He should get the nod again as the Ducks begin a road trip in Detroit on Tuesday.
News: Steel (upper body) isn't participating in warmups and will miss Saturday's game against San Jose, Elliott Teaford of the OC Register reports.
Impact: Recently recalled Isac Lundestrom will take Steel's spot on the second line.
News: Lundestrom has been recalled from AHL San Diego.
Impact: Fellow forward Sam Steel has been battling an upper-body injury, so Lundestrom was likely recalled to fill his spot on the second line Saturday against the Sharks.
News: Gibson led his team out onto the ice, suggesting he'll start Saturday's game against the Sharks, Ducks PA announcer Phil Hulett reports.
Impact: Gibson turned aside 32 of 33 shots to beat the Coyotes in the opener, yet he'll face a tougher test against a Sharks team that's dropped its first two games of the season against Vegas but also tied for second in the league with 3.52 goals per game last season. The team in front of Gibson leaves a lot to be desired, so the 26-year-old netminder should be in for a busy night.
News: Steel (upper body) missed practice Friday, putting his availability for Saturday's game versus the Sharks in doubt, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Steel battled a lower-body injury throughout training camp, returning just in time for the season-opener Thursday. The new ailment, described as a "mid-body" injury, isn't considered serious, but Steel may need to sit out a game or two anyway. Coach Dallas Eakins may bump Derek Grant up to the second line if Steel is unavailable.
News: Lindholm picked up an assist and blocked four shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Lindholm also led all skaters by playing 24:09 in the contest. The Swedish defenseman has been a consistent presence on offense, registering between 28 and 34 points in five of his six seasons -- only a 20-point effort in 2016-17 serves as an outlier. With the Ducks expected to improve a little on offense this season, Lindholm will have a chance to return to the 30-point plateau.
News: Shore managed an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Shore skated 15:02 in the contest and provided the primary assist on center Derek Grant's opening tally in the first period. The 25-year-old Shore had 29 points in 76 games between the Ducks and Stars last season. He's competing with Max Jones for third-line duties this season, although Shore is starting on the fourth line.
News: Jones collected an assist and three hits in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Jones is looking to stick in the NHL this season as part of the Ducks' larger youth movement. He accumulated five points and 30 hits in 30 games last year. Jones is starting the year on the third line with Adam Henrique and Troy Terry, but veteran Devin Shore will be pushing him for that role throughout the year.
News: Rowney registered an assist, three hits and two PIM in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: The gritty fourth-liner showed a little offense to start the year, setting up Cam Fowler's eventual game-winning goal in the second period. Rowney is safe for fantasy owners to look over, as he had only 20 points and 178 hits in 62 contests last season.
News: Steel (lower body) managed one shot on goal and won only two of his 10 faceoffs in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Steel is poised for his first full NHL campaign, but the first game was a forgettable effort. Steel had 41 points in 53 games with AHL San Diego last year, and added 11 points in 22 NHL contests. The first-round pick from 2016 will be given every chance possible to seize control of the second-line center job.
News: Kase (undisclosed) recorded five shots on goal and skated 14:34 in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Despite failing to record a point, Kase looked good in limited minutes. He averaged 15:39 per game last year while notching 11 goals and 20 points in 30 games. Kase is starting the year on Ryan Getzlaf's right side, a deployment that could prove fruitful for the 23-year-old if he's able to stick in that spot.
News: Fowler scored a goal on two shots and went plus-2 in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Fowler's tally with 32 seconds left in the second period would stand as the game-winner in a low-scoring season opener. It's encouraging to see the 27-year-old involved in the offense early in the year after he managed only 23 points in 59 contests in 2018-19. Fowler has topped 30 points in five of his nine NHL seasons.
News: Grant scored a goal on four shots and went plus-2 with two hits in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Grant would have been an unlikely guess for the Ducks' first goal of the season, but he was able to get one by Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper in the first period. The fourth-liner was rewarded for his effort by skating 16:35 in the contest, second-most among Ducks forwards. Grant managed only 14 points in 56 games between the Ducks and Penguins last season, making it unlikely that he'll be a frequent contributor to the offense.
News: Gibson (undisclosed) allowed only one goal on 33 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Gibson exited the Ducks' preseason finale, but he had no lingering effects from the injury. Only Coyotes center Derek Stepan was able to tickle the twine behind Gibson. The American goalie had a rough year (by his standards) with a 26-22-8 record, a 2.84 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 58 games last year. Expect Gibson to receive the starting nod for Saturday's game against the Sharks.
News: Steel (lower body) is in the lineup for Thursday's season opener against Arizona.
Impact: Owners who drafted Steel on the heels of a promising rookie campaign in which he scored six goals and 11 points in 22 games can roll him out with confidence.
News: Kase (undisclosed) is in the lineup for Thursday's season opener against Arizona.
Impact: Kase is healthy enough to play and will skate on the top line with Nick Ritchie and Ryan Getzlaf. He scored 20 points in 30 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in 2018-19.
News: Comtois was assigned to AHL San Diego prior to Thursday's season opener, Elliott Teaford of The OC Register reports.
Impact: Comtois will be near the top of the team's short list for getting called back up if injuries should befall any of the big club's forwards.
News: Kase (undisclosed) is questionable for Opening Night versus the Coyotes on Thursday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kase -- who would need to be activated off non-roster injured reserve -- will likely slot into a bottom-six role whenever he is cleared to play. The 22-year-old winger was limited to just 30 games last year, in which he tallied 11 goals, nine helpers and 17 hits, but could be in line for a significantly increased role in 2019-20.
News: Steel (lower body) could be activated off non-roster injured reserve ahead of Thursday's Opening Night clash with Arizona, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Steel was sidelined by his lower-body issue during training camp, but appears to be nearing a return. The youngster saw action in 22 games last year, in which he recorded six goals, five helpers and 33 shots while averaging 14:58 of ice time. If Steel is activated for Thursday's game, it would likely come at the expense of Derek Grant or Nicolas Deslauriers.
News: Gibson (undisclosed) will get the starting nod at home against Arizona on Thursday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gibson was pulled from the Ducks' preseason finale, but it appears that was a precautionary move, rather than an indication of something more serious. The Pittsburgh native will be hoping to get back on track after posting a career-worst 2.84 GAA in 58 appearances last season. While the 25-year-old is the clear No. 1, having a backup with 378 career wins in Ryan Miller gives the coaching staff the ability to rest Gibson when needed.
News: The Ducks placed Kase (undisclosed) on their non-roster injured reserve list Tuesday.
Impact: Kase has been dealing with an undisclosed injury the past few days and was already a doubt for Opening Night. Kase is now likely to miss multiple games with his placement on IR. With the youngster sidelined, Nicolas Deslauriers will get a shot to enter the lineup, with Troy Terry likely getting the opportunity on the power play.
News: The Ducks placed Steel (lower body) on the non-roster injured reserve list Tuesday.
Impact: Steel has been dealing with a lower-body injury for much of training camp and has been unable to skate in any capacity. As evidenced by this news, it's likely that he'll miss at least the first week of the season, and possibly longer. With Steel sidelined, Derek Grant is expected to get a shot as the team's fourth-line center.
News: The Ducks assigned Mahura to AHL San Diego on Tuesday.
Impact: The 21-year-old spent last season playing 40 games in the AHL and 17 games in the NHL, and could be headed for a similar output for the 2019-20 campaign. Mahura put up just five points at the NHL level, suggesting he hasn't established himself as a fantasy asset yet.
News: Carrick was waived by the Ducks for the purpose of reassignment Monday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Carrick impressed with AHL San Diego last year, compiling 32 goals and 61 points over 61 games. He had a decent preseason with two points over four exhibition contests, but Carrick couldn't land a spot on the opening roster. The 27-year-old is expected to clear waivers and start the season with San Diego again.
News: Sprong was waived by the Ducks for the purpose of reassignment Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Sprong displayed an appealing scoring touch last year after being traded to the Ducks, registering 14 goals, five assists and 109 shots on net over 47 games. The 22-year-old is a bottom-six winger who can also work on the power play, and he could add solid depth to a team dealing with injuries to start the season. If he goes unclaimed, however, he'll start the year with AHL San Diego.
News: Kase is dealing with an undisclosed injury which could get him out of the lineup versus Arizona on Thursday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kase saw action in just 30 games last year due to injury, in which he tallied 11 goals, nine helpers and four power-play points while averaging 15:39 of ice time. Once cleared to play, the winger should be in contention for a spot on the top line in addition to the No. 1 power-play unit.
News: Gibson was pulled before the third period of Saturday's preseason finale against the Coyotes, and the Ducks reported they "don't know yet" in regards to the status of the netminder, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The update doesn't provide much in terms of the status of Gibson, but it would be a major blow for the Ducks to open 2019-20 if he's unavailable out of the gates. Ryan Miller took over for him Saturday and would presumably start Opening Night on Thursday if he's unavailable. The team should provide more information on its primary netminder either after the contest or in the coming days.
News: Miller will start in goal for Wednesday's home game versus the Kings, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Impact: Miller turned 39 years old this summer, and he's ready to serve as John Gibson's backup for another season. Considering how much the Ducks struggled last year, Miller was one of the league's premier backups with a .912 save percentage and 2.76 GAA en route to a 8-7-2 record. That was just a tick down from Gibson's .917, 2.84 and 26-22-8 marks, respectively. Expect Miller to get around 20 starts with the rebuilding club this season.
News: Gibson will start between the pipes in Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Sharks, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gibson was razor sharp in his preseason debut Saturday against Arizona, turning aside 17 of 18 shots. He'll look to keep rolling in a home matchup with a San Jose team that's scored eight goals through its first three preseason contests.
News: Steel has a lower-body injury and won't play in Monday's preseason game versus the Kings, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's particularly concerning that Steel hasn't been skating in any capacity for the last few days, so it's fair to assume his status for Opening Night versus the Coyotes is in jeopardy. He'll likely miss the next few preseason contests, but he still looks like a guarantee to stay with the big club this season. Keep an eye on his status, as Steel is worth a late-round flier in the fantasy realm.
News: Kase (shoulder) is expected to be in the lineup for Saturday's preseason matchup against Arizona, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kase appeared to be on the verge of a breakout campaign in 2018-19 before a torn labrum cut his season short, racking up 11 goals and 20 points in 30 games. If he's able to stay healthy and hold onto a top-six role, the 23-year-old winger could threaten the 25-goal and 50-point marks in 2019-20.
News: Gibson will start in goal Saturday against Arizona, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gibson is expected to play approximately half of Saturday's contest. The 26-year-old American compiled a 26-22-8 record while posting a 2.84 GAA and .926 save percentage in 58 games last campaign.
News: Terry (leg) is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Terry suffered a season-ending leg injury in April, but he's been skating since late June, so the fact that he's been cleared for game action ahead of Tuesday's contest doesn't come as a surprise. The 22-year-old, who totaled four goals and 13 points in 32 games last campaign, is expected to fill a middle-six role while also seeing time on one of Ducks' power-play units this season.
News: Manson (undisclosed) is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's preseason clash with San Jose, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Manson missed the final four games of the 2018-19 campaign due to an undisclosed issue, but his injury was never expected to impact his availability for the Ducks' 2019-20 preseason schedule. The 27-year-old, who picked up 16 points in 74 games last year, is expected to form a shutdown pair with Hampus Lindholm this season and has never been a power-play contributor, so his offensive opportunities will likely be severely limited in 2019-20.
News: Eaves (illness) will miss the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: Eaves has been limited to just nine games over the past two campaigns due to various maladies and will be placed on long-term injured reserve at the start of the upcoming season. The 35-year-old forward only has one year remaining on his contract, so he'll almost certainly retire next offseason. If that ends up being the case, he'll finish his NHL career having racked up 132 goals and 242 points in 633 games spread over 14 seasons with six different teams.
News: Marcoux signed a one-year contract with Thetford Mines Assurancia of the Quebec-based LNAH on Monday.
Impact: After failing to secure regular minutes with AHL Laval last season, Marcoux spent the bulk of the year in the ECHL, and the netminder returned to his native Quebec for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign. A highly touted prospect coming out of the University of New Brunswick, the 25-year-old just couldn't break into the AHL and figures to see his career fizzle out in the minors.
News: Zegras said Wednesday that he will play for Boston University for the 2019-20 season, and hope to sign with the Ducks following its completion, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The dynamic forward was drafted ninth overall in June's draft, after spending the last two seasons with the US National Development Program. Zegras was drafted by the Mississauga Steel Heads of the OHL, but his commitment to honor his pact will be huge for the Terriers and college hockey as a whole. In 60 games for the national team last season, the 18-year-old had 87 points and was an incredible plus-94. He's not the only player to snub the CHL ranks for Boston University. Most notably, 2016 seventh overall pick Clayton Keller spent one year in the NCAA before signing with the Coyotes.