Ducks: Prospect roster and coaching news

By Kevin Forbes

Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach Mike Babcock and his assistants, Lorne Henning and
Paul
Maclean, all signed a one-year contract extension in August. Goaltending
consultant Francois Allaire and scouting and video coordinator Greg
Carvel
also signed a one-year extension. Carvel was also promoted to assistant
coach. Babcock, the former coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, led
the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year behind the bench, last spring.

The Ducks also hired Brent Flahr, Jeff Crisp and Pavel Routa to the
scouting department. Flahr will work with amateur and professional
scouting
in the NHL, the AHL, the USHL and high-school leagues in the northeastern
USA.
Crisp will be an amateur scout for Minnesota high schools, Western
Canadian
Tier II hockey and the USHL. Routa will scout in Europe for the
European leagues and international tournaments. Flahr and Routa both
previously worked with the Florida Panthers (former employees of GM
Bryan
Murray) and Crisp last worked with the Calgary Flames.

From September 4 to 8, at the HealthSouth Training Center in El
Segundo,
California, the Ducks prospects will compete in the First Annual Rookie
Tournament against top prospects from the Los Angeles
Kings
, the
Phoenix Coyotes
and the San Jose
Sharks
. The Kings will host the tournament this year and it will
rotate to the various participants’ venues each year.
Joffrey Lupul, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Mikael Holmqvist and
Chris Kunitz are among the Ducks prospects listed to attend. The
full
rookie camp roster can be found here(PDF
File). One interesting name on the list is A.J. Maclean, son of
assistant
coach Paul Maclean. He’s there on a try-out contract.

Ryan Getzlaf and Tim Brent attended the Team Canada World Junior 2004
training camp in August. Getzlaf impressed with his hard-hitting style
and
showed offensive wizardry (outscoring the combined efforts of the no. 2
and no. 3
overall picks in the 2003 draft, Eric Staal and Nathan Horton). Brent
was
hampered by a shoulder injury but did play in the final game of the
camp,
registering three assists and had some good scoring opportunities.

The Ducks signed 24-year-old center, Keith Aucoin to a one-year
contract.
Aucoin played last season with Providence in the AHL, leading them in
points
and assists. He also played in four playoff games with the Boston
Bruins.
Aucoin will provide depth for the Ducks and veteran scoring for
Cincinnati.

The Ducks are also in talks with the San Diego Gulls of the ECHL to be
their
affiliate for the 2003-04 season. The agreement could see the Ducks
send six
players to the Gulls. At least one current Duck is familiar with San
Diego,
center Steve Rucchin spent time playing there during the players
strike of
1994-95. A portion of this year’s training camp for the Ducks will be
held
in San Diego’s Sports Arena.

The Halifax Mooseheads website reports that George Davis may
return
to the Mooseheads roster for a final year in the QMJHL. Davis will
attend
the Ducks rookie camp, and has a three-way contract (NHL, AHL, ECHL), but
with
work troubles in the ECHL, if Davis doesn’t make it in the AHL, he could be back
in
Halifax.

Mighty Ducks Training Camp for the 2003-04 season starts on September
11,
and the Ducks hit the ice for pre-season action on September 18 in Los
Angeles against the Kings. Camp should be very exciting with a lot of
spots
open for competition and a lot of prospects and young players being
counted
on to step up and play key roles with the club.

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