Anaheim kicks off the final leg of its 2016 preseason schedule, as the club travels to Edmonton to take on the Oilers tonight in the sparkling new Rogers Place (6 p.m. PT, TV: None, Radio: AM 830).
This marks the fifth of seven preseason contests for the Ducks, who will face the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night at SAP Center before hosting the Sharks in the finale at Honda Center on Sunday. The Ducks are winless in their first four preseason games (0-3-1), while the Oilers bring a 3-2-0 record into tonight's matchup.
Center Michael Sgarbossa leads the Ducks with two points (1g/1a), while left wing Nick Ritchie paces the club with 12 shots on goal. Both players have appeared in three of the four preseason contests thus far. Sgarbossa had a multi-point effort in Anaheim's 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
Leading the Oilers is rookie left wing Anton Slepyshev, who has three points (1g/2a) through four games. College free agent signee Drake Caggiula paces the club in goals (2) through four games, and has a team-high 14 shots on goal. The 22-year-old, who led North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four title as an assistant captain and also earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, finished his college career with 127 points (62g/65a) in 162 career games with North Dakota.
The Ducks currently have 35 players remaining on its training camp roster (21 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goaltenders) after making four moves yesterday. Max Jones was assigned to London (OHL), while David Booth and David Jones were released from their professional tryouts. Antoine Laganiere was released from his PTO and assigned to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League.
Edmonton trimmed its roster to 33 players yesterday (18 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders) after assigning Tyler Benson to Vancouver (WHL), Jere Sallinen to Bakersfield (AHL) and placing Mark Fraser on waivers for the purpose of reassignment (Bakersfield).