It was great to be back at the Honda Center for the 2011 Anaheim Ducks Training Camp as the players got on the ice as a squad for the first time since the end of the 2011-2012 season. There was a solid turnout of over 1,000 fans who have all been waiting anxiously for hockey. After a longer-than-wanted offseason, the Ducks were happy to get back on the ice for a practice.
The Anaheim Ducks Report was there in the front row to bring you some notes and photos…
The 47-man squad was divided into two groups, with Group A getting on the ice first at 9:00 AM, and Group B afterwards at 10:30. Here were the line combinations for Group A:
Andrew Gordon | Ryan Getzlaf | Jean-Francois Jacques/Rickard Rakell
Nicolas Deschamps | Mark Bell | Corey Perry
Jason Blake | Brandon McMillan | Devante Smith-Pelly
Dan Sexton | Rick Schofield | Brian McGrattan
Luca Sbisa | Sheldon Brookbank
Jake Newton | Mathieu Carle
Bryan Rodney | Cam Fowler
The practice was mostly drills, making it hard to get substantial notes for full player evaluations. Instead, here are some quick notes of players that stood out:
Getzlaf: The captain showed his leadership, skating hard and playing rough in the corners during drills. Even though it was the first skate of the season, he showed a serious attitude to get everyone focused. As always, his incredible playmaking abilities were on display.
Rakell: It was ADR’s first time to see Rakell in action as he did not participate in the conditioning camp scrimmage. The 2011 first-round draft pick showed a surprising quickness and good hockey sense in the offensive zone.
Deschamps: The 2nd-round draft pick from the 2008 NHL entry draft showed great hands as he had two quick snipes on consecutive drills.
Blake: The veteran also showed that his knack for scoring hasn’t worn off, scoring an impressive amount of goals throughout the session.
Ellis: Ellis looked sharp on the ice with great footwork and lateral movement. He stayed on the ice well after everyone else had gone to the locker room to discuss things with goaltending consultant Pete Peeters.
Here were the line combinations for Group B:
Bobby Ryan | Peter Holland | Emerson Etem
Andrew Cogliano | Saku Koivu | Kyle Palmieri
Patrick Maroon | Joseph Cramarossa | Teemu Selanne
George Parros | Maxime Macenauer | Nick Bonino
Injured players: Matt Beleskey, Matt Kennedy
Nate Guenin | Lubomir Visnovsky
Matt Smaby | Sean Zimmerman
Francois Beauchemin | Mat Clark
Injured players: Toni Lydman
Here are our quick notes from Group B:
Cogliano: The newly acquired forward has been billed as a fast skater, and he proved it. He has quick acceleration and great speed.
Selanne: Teemu looked good on the ice with a noticeable jump to his stride. He left the ice temporarily for an unknown reason.
Visnovsky: Lubo continued to impress with his offensive prowess, both with puck handling and his scoring ability.
Hiller: In his first public on-ice appearance since his vertigo problems that ended his season early, Hiller looked incredibly solid. The Swiss netminder showed why he is the Ducks’ #1 goaltender, often going through lengthy stretches without allowing any goals during drills.
Deslauriers: The newly-signed goalie has a slightly unorthodox stance but showed a noticeable level of competitiveness, focus, and determination. Another right-handed catcher like Hiller, Deslauriers showed a quick glove with numerous outstanding glove saves.
Gibson: The young American goalie had solid positioning and fundamentals, but allowed multiple goals over his glove hand. However, he did have some other nice glove saves showing that it is not a lack of ability, but perhaps a lack of focus that will be improved upon as camp continues.
Stay tuned for pictures and video, and check back tomorrow for more notes on Sunday’s practices.