The Ducks announced Thursday that they have made the first round of cuts to their 2011 training camp roster, sending C Joseph Cramarossa, RW Rickard Rakell, and goalies Igor Bobkov and John Gibson back to their junior teams.
Cramarossa, 18, was drafted in the 3rd round (65th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The young center recorded 4 hits and 1 shot on goal in his first preseason game for the Ducks. Cramarossa will return to Mississauga in the OHL, where he scored 12-20=32 points in 59 games last season.
Rakell, 18, was the Ducks’ first round draft pick (30th overall) in the 2011 entry draft. He played 15:52 of ice time in his first preseason game for the Ducks, recording 2 shots on goal. Rakell will return to Plymouth in the OHL, where he scored 20-25=45 points in 49 games last season.
Bobkov, 20, was drafted in the 34d round (76th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The massive 6’4″ goalie played in his first preseason game for the Ducks this week, allowing 3 goals on 16 shots in the first half of a 4-7 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Bobkov is heading to his first season with Kingston of the OHL. Last season he played with both London of the OHL and Syracuse of the AHL, where he had a combined 6-10 record in 23 games played. As an older goalie in the junior leagues, Bobkov will look to get more starts this season.
Gibson, 18, was drafted in the 2nd round (39th overall) in the 2011 entry draft. The top rated goalie in his draft class, Gibson played the second half of the preseason game against Phoenix and allowed 3 goals on 14 shots. Gibson is heading to his first year in the OHL. Last year he played for the USA Under-18 team in the USNTDP, where he went 17-10 with a 2.64 GAA. This season he will join Kitchener in the OHL.
Read the official announcement here.