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For Grant and the Ducks, Absence Made the Heart Grow Fonder

The 30-year-old center returns to the place he calls home

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Derek Grant had a feeling something was going to happen in the hours leading up to Trade Deadline Day last season (Feb. 24). As an unrestricted free agent at season's end, his services were in demand from teams amid a playoff push. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound center made a great case for himself by that time, ranking tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3) and tied for sixth in shorthanded points (4) while tallying a career-best 14 goals in 49 games with Anaheim.

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Shattenkirk Brings Experience, Leadership and Excitement to Anaheim

The easy-going defenseman also dishes on his favorite types of music and hobbies

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Sunlight danced off the trees that swayed gently in the breeze behind Kevin Shattenkirk, providing a picturesque background for a Zoom call with media roughly 24 hours after agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with the Ducks. Fall foliage was in full effect for the New Rochelle, New York native, who spends his offseasons in Eastern Long Island. Though his new digs won't have nearly the same amount of yellow, orange, red, purple and brown hues at this time of year, the 31-year-old defenseman says he's just as happy to soak in the mild, almost summer-like conditions Southern California has to offer instead.

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My Draft Story: Josh Manson

The veteran Ducks defenseman recalls the unique circumstances of being drafted by Anaheim in the sixth round in 2011

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

My Draft Story: Josh Manson

Josh Manson's Draft Story

Josh Manson reflects on his unique draft story from 2011

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For so many players who have made it in the NHL, their draft stories involve buzzing arenas full of passionate hockey fans, the anxiousness of waiting for your name to be called, finally stepping onto that stage in front of a national TV audience to take pictures in your brand new jersey, then being whisked away to meet with the media and your new team's brass.  

Josh Manson's story is nothing like that.  

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Player Review: Rickard Rakell

The 27-year-old paced the club in points per game and shots, while finishing second in assists and third in goals

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

The 2019-20 season sort of had it all for Ducks left wing Rickard Rakell. The 27-year-old had bursts of scorching-hot production, akin to what we've come to expect from him over his eight years of service with the club. He won games in shootouts and overtime, and delivered on the power play. He showed flashes of a top-line wing we've seen in the past. But he was also mired in lengthy droughts, often going games without getting on the board at all. Perhaps a minor bump in the road, but only time will tell. Let's take a deeper look into his numbers.

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Player Review: Troy Terry

The 22-year-old inked a fresh three-year contract extension on July 14

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

You could see it at times when Troy Terry had the puck on his stick. A subtle deke to find space, a quick cut to a scoring lane or a seeing-eye pass through traffic. The ability to create something seemingly out of nothing. He has all the tools. Now, it's just a matter of harnessing them and delivering on a regular basis.

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Player Review: Max Jones

The 22-year-old set personal bests in goals, assists, points, games and penalty minutes

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

While it might not have necessarily been a breakout sophomore season for young Max Jones, the 2019-20 campaign marked a significant step forward for the outgoing and personable left wing. Jones earned 12 points (8g/4a) and 36 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Ducks, setting career highs in goals, assists, points, games and PIM.

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Player Review: Hampus Lindholm

The 26-year-old defenseman reached the 20-assist mark for the second consecutive season

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

To sum up Hampus Lindholm's play on the ice this past season, one could look no further than the [slighty edited] lyric 'So steady as [he] goes' by the band The Raconteurs. It's applicable to each of his seven seasons with the Ducks, really, with every passing year providing valuable experience to a defenseman who is still just 26 years of age. And while Lindholm might not have torched the scoresheet this season, the Helsingborg, Sweden native was once again a factor in every game situation.

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Player Review: Michael Del Zotto

The likeable defenseman enjoyed a second stint with Anaheim and volunteered his time during the pandemic

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

It's not often you see a player return to a club he once played for, but that's what happened with defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Two seasons ago (on Jan. 16, 2019), the Ducks acquired the veteran blueliner from Vancouver. Del Zotto ended up playing 12 games with the Ducks before he was traded to St. Louis five weeks later. When the offseason came around, Del Zotto signed a one-year contract with the Ducks, marking his return to Orange County five months after he left.

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Player Review: Josh Manson

Despite an injury early in the season, Manson remained a workhorse on the blueline for Anaheim

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

It was a season of growth both on and off the ice for veteran defenseman Josh Manson. The 2019-20 campaign marked Manson's sixth NHL season and saw the 28-year-old record nine points (1g/8a) and 37 penalty minutes in 50 games. An MCL sprain suffered in the opening month of the season kept him out of the lineup for 19 consecutive games (Oct. 26-Dec. 8), a disappointing setback after staying mostly injury-free over the three seasons prior.

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Player Review: The Call-Ups

Notes and highlights on Carrick, Lundestrom, Comtois, Sherwood and Mahura

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.

Gone are the days when recalling a player from the American Hockey League and getting him into town was an all-day ordeal. When the Ducks need reinforcements from their minor league club in San Diego these days, it's a leisurely drive (depending on traffic) up the I-5 freeway, or, if you're Anaheim's head coach Dallas Eakins, a bike ride.

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