Several Ducks have been named to their respective countries' pre-Olympic camp rosters in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Defenseman Cam Fowler, right wing Kyle Palmieri and goaltender John Gibson are among the 48 players invited to attend the U.S. Men's National Orientation Camp held Aug. 26-27 at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, VA.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry are among the 47 players invited to attend Canada’s national men’s team orientation camp from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary, Alberta. Getzlaf and Perry won gold with Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Forwards Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, and defenseman Sami Vatanen have been named to Finland's pre-Olympic camp roster.
Goaltender Viktor Fasth has been named to Sweden's pre-Olympic camp roster, and a camp will be held Aug. 14-16 in Stockholm.
Goaltender Jonas Hiller and defenseman Luca Sbisa have been named to Switzerland's pre-Olympic camp roster.
Fowler, 21, appeared in his third NHL season with Anaheim, scoring 1-10=11 points in 37 games. The Farmington Hills, Michigan native ranked third on the team in TOI (20:26) and third among defensemen in scoring, and finished with 41 blocked shots and 19 hits. Fowler was plus-or-even in 26 of 37 appearances, including his last seven consecutive games (+3), and had points in his last two games (0-2=2) and four of the last five (1-3=4).
Palmieri, 22, appeared in his third NHL season, scoring 10-11=21 points with nine PIM and a +2 rating in 42 contests. The Smithtown, New York native ranked tied for second on Anaheim in April scoring, picking up 4-4=8 points in 12 contests, and finished the season with 1-3=4 points in his last five games. He recorded the first hat trick of his career on Feb. 27 vs. NSH, and tallied five GWG on the season (co-leading the club with Corey Perry), ranking tied for sixth in the NHL. He also ranked sixth on the Ducks with 10 goals on the season, while his 21 points ranked eighth.
Gibson, 20, was USA Hockey’s recipient of the 2013 Bob Johnson Award, which recognizes excellence in international hockey competition during a specific season of play. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native backstopped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia, posting a 5-0-2 record and was selected Most Valuable Player of the championship, becoming the first United States goaltender and second American overall to win the award after Zach Parise in 2004, and the first goaltender overall since Steve Mason (Canada) in 2008. He also received the Directorate Award as the tournament’s best goaltender, was selected to the Media All-Star team and was named one of Team USA’s best three players of the tournament. Gibson set the U.S. record for SV% (.955) for a single World Junior Championship and his 1.36 GAA ranked third by a U.S. goalie in a single tournament. In addition, Gibson helped Team USA earn a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, where he finished second with a 1.56 GAA and .951 SV%, becoming the second-youngest netminder behind Vladislav Tretiak in world championship history to win a playoff game with an 8-3 victory over Russia in the quarterfinals. Gibson appeared in 27 games with Kitchener (OHL) in 2012-13, going 17-9-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .928 SV%, while also appearing in 10 OHL Playoff games, posting a 5-4 record with a 2.17 GAA. He ranked sixth among OHL postseason leaders in wins, second in GAA and first in SV%. Following Kitchener’s season, Gibson was assigned to Norfolk (AHL) where he made his professional debut in relief on Apr. 19 @ Syracuse.
Getzlaf, 28, appeared in his eighth NHL season with Anaheim, scoring 15-34=49 points with a +14 rating and 41 PIM in 44 games, while finishing the season tied for 10th in the NHL in scoring, tied for eighth in assists and tied for third in home scoring (9-21=30). A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Getzlaf led the team in points and assists, co-led in goals, tied for second in PPG (4) and tied for third in plus/minus. Getzlaf compiled 15 multi-point games, including one multi-goal game and nine multi-assist contests. He earned two assists on Apr. 27 vs. PHX to move into a tie with Paul Kariya for second place on the franchise’s all-time assists list (369). Getzlaf netted a career-high three SHG, one shy of the single-season club record, and had a pair of season-high four-game assist streaks, including Mar. 4-10 (3-6=9) and Feb. 18-27 (2-7=9). Getzlaf capped his first four-game assist streak with a season-best three helpers on Feb. 27 vs. NSH, including his 350th career assist, and also posted a season-high three-game goal streak (3-4=7) from Mar. 4-8. He recorded points in his last three games (1-3=4), five of his last six (2-4=6) and seven of his last nine (3-8=11), had five consecutive multi-point games at home from Mar. 6-20 (3-7=10, +7) and recorded a career-high 12-game home point streak from Feb. 1-Mar. 20 (7-15=22, +12). He also owned a four-game multi-point streak from Mar. 4-10 (3-6=9), becoming the first Anaheim player to accomplish the feat since Corey Perry from Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2011 (6-5=11, +5). On Mar.8 vs. CGY Getzlaf earned his 500th career point as part of a multi-point night (1-1=2), becoming the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone (Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya).
Perry, 28, appeared in his eighth NHL season with Anaheim, scoring 15-21=36 points with a +10 rating and 72 PIM in 44 contests. His five GWG led the club and ranked tied for sixth overall in the NHL. The Peterborough, Ontario native led the club in PPG (5) and shots (128), co-led in goals and ranked second in assists and points. His 102 goals since the start of the 2010-11 season rank second overall in the NHL (TB’s Stamkos has scored 134 in that span). He had a team-best seven-game point streak (4-8=12, +7), Feb. 15-Mar. 1, and finished the season with eight multiple-point games (two multi-goal, three multi-assist). In addition, Perry had two, 3-point games (2-1=3 on Feb. 24 vs. COL & 0-3=3 on Feb. 27 vs. NSH), and ranked second among team forwards with 19:04 avg. TOI. Perry had a season-high seven-game point streak from Feb. 15-Mar. 1 (3-9=12, +7), tied for the 10th-longest streak in the NHL this season, and recorded his 100th career multi-point game (1-1=2), Feb. 15 @ DET.
Koivu, 38, appeared in his 17th NHL season, his fourth with Anaheim, scoring 8-19=27 points with a +4 rating and 18 PIM in 47 contests. The Turku, Finland native ranked fourth on the club in points, tied for third in assists and tied for seventh in goals, while his four PPG this season ranked tied for second on the club. Koivu arned 7-13=20 points with a +11 rating in his first 20 contests of 2012-13, co-leading Anaheim in goals and ranking second in points through 20 games, and his 20 points through 20 games marked his best start to a season since the 2005-06 season with Montreal when he scored 8-17=25 points through the first 20 contests. His 6-10=16 points (+9) on the road in 2012-13 ranked tied for second on the Ducks. Koivu led Anaheim in faceoff wins (437) and faceoffs taken (851), with a 51.4% success rate throughout the season, and ranked third among Anaheim forwards in avg. TOI (17:36). Koivu had six multi-point games on the season (four multi-assist), and earned his 100th assist as a Duck, Feb. 15 @ DET.
Selanne, 43, (who has yet to make a decision on his playing status for next season) appeared in his 21st NHL season and 14th with Anaheim, scoring 12-12=24 points and 28 PIM in 46 appearances. Among team leaders, the Helsinki, Finland native ranked fourth in goals, PPG (3) and shots (96), and fifth in points. Selanne completed the season ranked 11th in all-time goals (675), tied for 40th in all-time assists (755), 15th in all-time points (1,430), third in all-time PPG (251) and sixth in all-time GWG (107). He appeared in his franchise-leading 900th contest as an Anaheim Duck going scoreless with a +1 rating, Apr. 21 @ EDM, and became the leader in career NHL appearances by a Finnish-born player (1,373) surpassing Teppo Numminen, Mar. 25 vs. SJ. Selanne scored a goal to gain sole possession of 15th on the all-time scoring list (passing Bryan Trottier), Mar. 22 vs. DET, and matched Doug Weight for 40th in all-time assists with a helper on Luca Sbisa’s GWG, Mar. 12 @ MIN. In addition, Selanne surpassed Luc Robitaille for sole possession of 11th in all-time goals (669), Mar. 1 vs. MIN. He scored the 250th PPG of his career, gaining sole spot of third in all-time NHL PPG, Feb. 24 vs. COL, and recorded 1-3=4 points, Feb. 9 @ STL, marking his second four-point game of the season, becoming the owner of two of just four instances in NHL history where a player aged 42 years-or-older scored 4+ points in a single game - had two in a 22-day span (the other two occurences: Gordie Howe scored 1-3=4 for DET vs. BUF on 2/20/71 and Tim Horton scored 0-4=4 for PIT vs. PHI on 1/15/72). Selanne became the oldest NHL player in nearly 42 years to score four points in a game (2-2=4), Jan. 19 @ VAN (Gordie Howe scored four on 2/20/71 at 42 years, 326 days). At 42 years, 200 days on season-opening day, Selanne was the oldest player to appear in a Ducks uniform.
Vatanen, 22, made his NHL debut with Anaheim, appearing in eight contests, scoring two goals (2-0=2) with a +3 rating. The Jyväskylä, Finland native was recalled from Norfolk (AHL) on Apr. 16 and appearance in Anaheim’s final five contests, and scored his first NHL goal (Bobrovsky) on the power play in a 3-2 OT loss, Apr. 17 vs. CBJ. Vatanen scored his second goal in Anaheim’s 3-0 shutout, Apr. 22 @ EDM. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 1 vs. MIN (21 years, 7 months, 29 days), going scoreless on one shot with 13:52 TOI and a +1 rating, and appeared in two more contests (Feb. 4 vs. SJ & Feb. 6 @ COL) before being reassigned to Norfolk. In 62 contests with the Admirals in his North American debut, Vatanen scored 9-36=45 points with five PPG and 44 PIM. He was selected to the 2012-13 AHL All-Rookie Team on Apr. 10, and led the Admirals in assists and ranked second overall in scoring. Among AHL leaders, Vatanen ranked tied for fourth among all defensemen in scoring, and also ranked tied for 10th in rookie scoring.
Fasth, 30, made his North American and NHL debut with Anaheim in 2012-13, posting a 15-6-2 record with a 2.18 GAA, .921 SV% and four shutouts. The Kalix, Sweden native became the third NHL goaltender all-time to win his first eight-or-more career decisions, joining Ray Emery of Ottawa (NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003-05, 12 games) and Bob Froese of Philadelphia (8-0-0 in 1983). Fasth became the first goalie to start a season 8-0-0 since Tim Thomas of Boston in 2010. Fasth's eight-game winning streak was the longest in the NHL since a nine-game streak by Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh from Feb. 21-Mar. 17, 2012. In addition, Fasth was also the first goaltender to win his first four NHL appearances since Nolan Schaefer (with San Jose) won his first five games from Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2005 (streak was broken by no-decision in his fifth game in relief on Feb. 8). Fasth became the first goaltender in club history to win his first eight decisions as a Duck (previous mark held by Ray Emery in 2010-11, 6 consecutive wins). He completed the season ranked 12th in the NHL in GAA, 13th in SV%, and tied for sixth in shutouts, and was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for Feb. 11-17, going 3-0-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .935 SV%. He allowed two-or-fewer goals in 14 of his 25 starts.
Hiller, 31, appeared in his sixth NHL season, and went 15-6-4 with a 2.36 GAA and .913 SV% with one shutout in 26 games. In his last seven starts of 2012-13, Hiller posted a 1.79 GAA (12 GA/403 MIN) and .931 SV% (163-of-175) with a 4-2-1 record. The Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland native allowed two-or-fewer goals in 17 of his 25 decisions this season (one ND), including 13 of the last 14. From Mar. 1-Apr. 27 (conclusion of 2012-13 regular season), his 1.94 GAA (34 GA/1049 MIN) ranked seventh in the NHL. At Honda Center, Hiller won seven consecutive games (7-0-0) from Feb. 2-Mar. 20, for a .921 SV% (175-of-190) and 2.12 GAA (15 GA/424 MIN), and won eight of his last 10 decisions at Honda Center overall (8-2-0, one ND), posting a 2.32 GAA (24 GA/620 MIN) and a .910 SV% (243-of-267). Hiller helped Anaheim to a 2-0-0 start on the road, Jan. 19 @ VAN (26 saves) and Jan. 21 @ CGY (21 saves), and secured his first shutout of the season and 16th of his career in an 18-save effort, Mar. 6 vs. PHX (2-0). He won four consecutive games from Mar. 6-14, stopping 110-of-114 shots for a 0.98 GAA (4 GA/245 MIN) and .965 SV% in that span, and also had a 10-game point streak (8-0-2) from Feb. 18-Mar. 20, stopping 263-of-282 for a .933 SV% and 1.86 GAA (19 GA/614 MIN).
Sbisa, 23, appeared in his fifth NHL season, his fourth with Anaheim, scoring 1-7=8 points with an even plus/minus ranking and 23 PIM in 41 games. The Swiss native ranked second among team leaders with 99 hits and also finished with 57 blocked shots. Sbisa matched a career high (second time) with a +3 rating in a 5-2 victory, Apr. 3 vs. DAL, and recorded his first career GWG and first goal of the season in a 2-1 win, Mar. 12 @ MIN. Sbisa logged a season-high 23:03 TOI, Mar. 4 @ PHX, and tied his career high in points/assists (fifth time) with 0-2=2 in a 7-1 victory, Feb. 2 vs. LA. He appeared in his 200th career NHL game, Jan. 29 @ SJ.