With the final pick of the first round in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks have selected Plymouth Whalers forward Rickard Rakell.
The Sollentuna, SWE. native plays larger than his six-foot, 190-pound frame would suggest. An agitator who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around, Rackell also possesses good, but unspectacular offensive talent. Where he shines offensively is his willingness to go into high traffic areas and spots that he can battle, both for the puck and position. Continue reading
The Anaheim Ducks are looking to add a little Finnish to their blueline.
According to the OC Register, Ducks general manager Bob Murray is hoping to ink prospect Sami Vatanen, selected in the fourth round, 106th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Negotiations are ongoing between Murray and the five-foot-nine and 163-pound Vatanen, who had 11 goals and 31 points in 52 games with Jyp of the Finnish Elite League. He also led the league in plus/minus with a +30 mark. Continue reading
Literally, it’s a long road ahead for Emerson Etem.
It could also be figuratively as well.
The Medicine Hat Tiger has to travel over 1000 kilometres by bus to meet the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Because Brandon’s Westman Place will play host to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the club’s first two home playoff dates have been moved further east to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.
But the chance to play in the postseason has Etem willing to take his Tigers anywhere.
“We’ve been waiting for this all year. We’ve used it for motivation,” Etem said. “Going into it we knew, whether it was Brandon or Edmonton going into the playoffs we knew we were going to face a good team. We’re going to battle and play our hardest.” Continue reading
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When Team USA takes to the ice in Buffalo to defend their gold medal at the World Junior Championship, they’ll have a decidedly professional approach.
That’s because they’ll have four professional players suiting up for them as they look for back-to-back gold medals for the first time in the tournament’s history. Continue reading
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If you’re under 20, drafted out of the CHL and currently playing in the NHL, you’re about to have some sleepless nights.
We’re looking at you Brayden, Nino, Cam, Alexander and Jeff. You too Taylor and Tyler.
The NHL season is nearly an eighth over, and Schenn, Niederreiter, Fowler, Burmistrov, Skinner, Hall and Seguin are all aware of what looms over them. Continue reading
For now, Igor Bobkov is a Duck.
But the end goal for the Russian netminder selected in the third round, 76th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft is to be knighted.
Bobkov was granted his official transfer, clearing him to mind the nets of his NHL franchise. That allows Bobkov to join his fellow Anaheim prospects in Penticton for their final tournament bout against the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday. He’s expected to be between the pipes for the Ducks. Continue reading