By Kyle Shohara
Anaheim’s training camp roster was trimmed from 64 to 57 players earlier this morning, as it was announced seven players were released from their amateur tryout. Those players included Alexandre Alain, (Gatineau), Landon Bow (Swift Current), Brendan Burke (Calgary), C.J. Garcia (Guelph), Wyatt Johnson (Red Deer), Nathan Noel (St. John) and Lane Pederson (Seattle).
The rest of those still in camp were split into two sessions earlier today at Honda Center. An intriguing line combination continued, one composed of Ryan Getzlaf, Jiri Sekac and Chris Stewart. Sekac, of course, has been a standout in training camp and had a multi-goal effort in the club’s preseason opener two nights ago in Colorado.
It remains to be seen if the trio makes its debut in tomorrow night’s preseason home opener vs. Los Angeles.
With six games on the preseason slate for Anaheim, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau says he wants veterans to dress in at least two of the five remaining.
“I don’t think guys like Ryan Kesler or Corey Perry need to play five of the six,” Boudreau said. “They’re getting better work in practice than they would sometimes in preseason games. Two is a minimum, but with our team, three or four, definitely, is the maximum.”
Boudreau was also quick to point out the three opponents they face during the preseason - Colorado, Los Angeles and San Jose - are all coming off non-playoff seasons - and all are out to prove themselves early on.
“They’re all hungry to establish something this year,” he said. “The tests are there, and it’ll start tomorrow. I guarantee they’ll put in a good lineup that wants to come in here and show them they’re back to being the Kings.”
Boudreau says he’s pleased with how quickly his players are learning the systems, both on – and off – the ice. “I thought the first game we were fairly sloppy,” he says, “but even in practice and in the video [session] today, they seem to be getting it more. And when they went out there, they applied it in practice.”
Honda Center and the Ducks unveil a new state-of-the-art scoreboard tomorrow night in the team’s preseason opener vs. Los Angeles. Measuring nearly 20 feet tall and over 30 feet wide, and featuring a display area more than four times the square footage of what the arena previously operated, the scoreboard is the clearest and highest definition picture available in any North American venue.
In addition to the scoreboard, Honda Center’s main video control and edit suites are also completely upgraded along with the venue also debuting a new JBL sound system.