IMG_1030: Iiro Tarkki

Anaheim Ducks goalie Iiro Tarkki defends his net during the 2011 conditioning camp scrimmage

G Iiro Tarkki (click to enlarge)

Goalie Iiro Tarkki stands tall in his crease as he watches the play develop behind the net during the 2011 Anaheim Ducks conditioning camp scrimmage.

Read our full analysis on Tarkki’s performance at the camp here, including video from the scrimmage.

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Player Evaluation: Emerson Etem – June 30th, 2011

Anaheim Ducks RW Emerson Etem shoots on G Iiro Tarkki at the conditioning camp scrimmage

RW Emerson Etem shoots on G Iiro Tarkki.

When right winger Emerson Etem was drafted in the 1st round of 2010 NHL Entry Draft (29th overall), the most frequent description of the right winger was that he was fast.  When he showed up to camp that year, he showed Anaheim why.  This year, he has done what seemed impossible and has gotten even faster.

Last year Etem showed potential, but also looked like he had a ways to go before making it to the NHL.  His speed was astonishing.  When he got the puck in open ice, he was gone.  However, he had trouble getting past the tight-checking NHL defensemen he faced in the preseason.  As a result he took more than a few punishing hits, though he got up from each one no worse for wear.

After being sent back to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the CHL, Etem set his mind on improving his physical game.  He finished more of his checks, played more in the dirty areas in front of the net, and even ended the season with his first fight. (more…)

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Player Evaluation: Andy Welinski – June 30th, 2011


Anaheim Ducks defenseman Andy Welinski and right wing Emerson Etem at the 2011 Conditioning Camp

D Andy Welinski defends against RW Emerson Etem at the 2011 Anaheim Ducks Conditioning Camp.

Andy Welinski was the defenseman that stood out the most among the younger White Team at the conditioning camp scrimmage, and in fact was one of the most impressive players in the defensive zone among all of the Ducks prospects at the camp.


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Ducks Sign C Mark Bell

Anaheim Ducks C Mark Bell

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The Anaheim Ducks have announced the signing of free agent center Mark Bell to a one-year, two-way contract.  A former member of the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, and Toronto Maple Leafs, Bell has spent the past two seasons in the Swiss Nationalliga A.


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Ducks Sign C Andrew Cogliano

Anaheim Ducks C Andrew Cogliano

Andrew Cogliano, C

The Anaheim Ducks have announced the signing of newly-acquired center Andrew Cogliano to a three-year contract.  Cogliano was recently traded from the Edmonton Oilers as a restricted free agent in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The contract is reportedly worth $7.17 million, for an salary cap hit of $2.39 million per year.


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