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Mark Your Calendar: Ducks Offseason Dates to Know

by Matt Weller @MattWeller_ /

With the NHL offseason underway, here are some important dates for Ducks fans to mark on their calendar.

June 21: NHL Awards in Tampa Bay
July 7-8: NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal
July 11-17: Ducks Development Camp at Great Park Ice
July 13: Free Agency Begins
August 9-20: IIHF World Junior Championships in Alberta
September 16-19: Rookie Showcase Tournament in San Jose

June 21: NHL Awards

The NHL will officially announce the winners of its most prestigious annual individual awards on June 21st in Tampa Bay, in between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

Ducks forward Trevor Zegras is one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the league's top rookie, and if selected, would become the first Duck to win the award. The 20-year-old center set Anaheim's all-time rookie scoring and assists records with 61 points (38 assists) in his first full NHL campaign.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: With that goal, @tzegras11 passes Bobby Ryan to become the Ducks all-time rookie single-season scoring leader!

Zegras also became just the 15th NHL rookie in the last decade to record 60 or more points, and the third American to do so (also Auston Matthews and Clayton Keller).

Detroit's Moritz Seider and Toronto's Michael Bunting are the other two finalists. 

The NHL Awards, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Keenan Thompson, will broadcast live on ESPN in the United States.

July 7-8: NHL Draft

The unofficial beginning of the hockey world's offseason, the NHL Draft is back in person for the first time in three years and will be held from July 7-8 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Round 1 is set for Thursday night, followed by Rounds 2-7 scheduled for Friday. All the action will be televised on ESPN.

Anaheim holds eight draft selections, including two in the first round for the third time in the past four years. 

The Ducks will look to continue their history of success at the draft table, as the the club's 17 first round picks have now made their NHL debut as a Duck (13 drafts, since 2009). Anaheim also leads all NHL clubs with five players selected in the first round since 2019 to play in the NHL. 

Seven Ducks draftees made their NHL debuts in 2021-22: Lukas Dostal, Hunter Drew, Bo Groulx, Bryce Kindopp, Mason McTavish, Jacob Perreault and Brayden Tracey.


July 11-16: Ducks Development Camp

An annual offseason tradition returns this summer as the Ducks of tomorrow will take the ice for a week of training at Great Park Ice. 
The camp will feature many of Anaheim's top prospects, including Mason McTavish, Olen Zellweger and Jacob Perreault, all sharing the ice for the first time. 

More information on Ducks Development Camp will be published in the coming weeks.

July 13: Free Agency Opens

An opportunity for Ducks GM Pat Verbeek to add established veterans to his young corps begins on July 13 with the commencement of NHL Free Agency.

Verbeek, who Sunday told season ticket holders he expects a busy summer of roster construction, has plenty of salary cap space at his disposal as he reshapes the Ducks for the future.

August 9-20: IIHF World Junior Championship

Let's try this again.

The world's best annual international hockey tournament will move from its customary winter timeslot to the summer this year after the 2022 version of the competition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IIHF says the tournament will start over new, erasing any previous results from last December, while Latvia will replace Russia in the eight-team field.

Final rosters for the second try at the tournament have yet to be released, but the Ducks had four prospects present prior to the postponement, Canada's Zellweger and McTavish and the United States' Ian Moore and Sasha Pastujov.

September 16-19: 2022 Rookie Faceoff

The Rookie Faceoff continues its west coast tour in 2022 with a visit to San Jose and the new 4,200 seat arena at Sharks Ice.

The annual rookie tournament features the Ducks, Kings, Sharks, Coyotes, Avalanche and Golden Knights, with each team playing three games in four days.

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