Ducks training camp took on a slightly different look this morning at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE. The morning session brought forth the first scrimmage of camp – much to the delight of the packed house at the team’s practice rink.
Anaheim’s top line (dressed in red jerseys) – Dany Heatley, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry – showed glimpses of dominance, as they controlled most of their shifts during the 25-minute run-time scrimmage. With the club’s split-squad preseason games beginning tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche, the line combinations used during the scrimmage could be similar to what we see tomorrow night. Aside from the top line, rushes were as follows:Forwards
Nick Ritchie – Rickard Rakell – Emerson Etem
Matt Beleskey – Dave Steckel – Chris Wagner
Nicolas Kerdiles – Nate Thompson – Tim Jackman
Joseph Cramarossa – Charlie Sarault – John Kurtz
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Brendan Bell/Andrew O’Brien – Josh Manson
After three days of on-ice drills against the same players, defenseman Hampus Lindholm says he welcomes the preseason. “It’s going to be fun playing some real games,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting getting out there and playing some games.”
Lindholm says familiarity is making this training camp easier to take in that last year. “You kind of know what’s going on, and you know all the guys on the team and coaches already,” he said. “It makes it a little easier, but there’s still competition. Everyone is competing for a spot, so you can’t be so sure.”
Frederik Andersen and John Gibson represent the bright future of Anaheim’s depth in net. After both had standout seasons in 2013-14 (Andersen went 20-5-0 and Gibson went undefeated in his three regular season starts, including a shutout in his debut), the tandem enters the upcoming season as a formidable one-two punch for a Ducks squad hoping for a deep run in the postseason.
Andersen, the elder statesman of the two at 24 years of age, says he and Gibson (21 years old) are enjoying time together on – and off the ice – during training camp. “We both want to help each other out and get better,” he said. “We talk a lot off the ice. We try to help each other out as much as we can.
“It’s the best way to have it. You can push each other, you can help each other, and when one is in the net, everyone helps each other out.”