The Anaheim Ducks were back on the ice at the Honda Center this morning for another day of training camp practice. Saturday’s sessions were more of a general practice to get back into the swing of things. Today’s sessions focused more on systems, and the goalies had more time to spend with their goaltending consultant Pete Peeters. Read on for our notes from Sunday’s practice…
The team was again divided into two groups today. Here were the line combinations for Group A:
Andrew Cogliano | Saku Koivu | Kyle Palmieri
Emerson Etem | Nick Bonino | Teemu Selanne
Bobby Ryan | Peter Holland | Andrew Gordon
Patrick Maroon | Joseph Cramarossa | George Parros
Injured players: Matt Beleskey, Maxime Macenauer, Matt Kennedy
Francois Beachemin | Mat Clark
Sean Zimmerman | Nate Guenin
Matt Smaby | Lubomir Visnovsky
Injured players: Toni Lydman
Sunday’s quick notes for Group A:
Gordon: Andrew Gordon was especially impressive today, showing great hustle in all of the drills. His legs were moving and he was battling throughout the entire session. During the end-of-practice skating, he was at the front of his group the entire time. He looked like a player trying to make a statement to his new coach.
Cramarossa: Cramarossa may have been overlooked by some because he was put on a line with two much larger skaters, but he showed off an impressive shot scoring many goals either top shelf or post-and-in.
Beauchemin: The popular defenseman looks to be in great shape and is a fantastic skater. Beauchemin excelled in the races that require excellent footwork to maneuver around the cones.
Deslauriers: JDD (Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers) continued to impress with a quick glove hand. Even in practice drills, Deslauriers never gives up on the play and works tirelessly to keep the puck out of the net.
Here were the line combinations from Group B:
Nicolas Deschamps | Mark Bell | Corey Perry
Jean-Francois Jacques | Ryan Getzlaf | Rickard Rakell
Jason Blake | Brandon McMillan | Devante Smith-Pelly
Dan Sexton | Rick Schofield | Brian McGrattan
Luca Sbisa | Mathieu Carle
Jake Newton | Sheldon Brookbank
Cam Fowler | Bryan Rodney
Sunday’s quick notes for Group B:
Carle: The new defenseman was injured early in the practice session when he collided headfirst into the boards behind the net. He left the ice with assistance and did not return to practice.
Rakell: The Ducks’ top draft pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is tenacious on the forecheck, skating hard to put pressure on his opponents’ breakouts. So far, he hasn’t showed much of a physical game.
Blake: The 38-year-old veteran still has speed and agility, winning many of his races during the drills.
Sexton: “Big Sexy” also seemed to have improved on his speed in the offseason.
Deschamps: Yesterday we commented on Deschamps’ shot. Today he continued to impress with his hands and his scoring ability, and he also stood out by winning all of his races. Deschamps was the standout player of Group B.
Stay tuned for more pictures and video from the 2011 training camp.
*The defensive pairings were altered due to Carle’s injury.