Photo: Despite his point totals not matching his pace from last season, Nic Kerdiles is one of several AHL players who should be ready to be a difference-maker for the Ducks next season (courtesy of San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)
While the NHL season has been altogether disappointing for the Anaheim Ducks, fans should take solace in the fact that the AHL team is not having a particularly bad season. They started quite hot, cooled considerably in November but started to come back around in December. With the current way the AHL is structured, with the Pacific playing fewer games, it is hard to get a handle on just how they compare with the rest of the league as of right now. Personnel moves in the organization will also affect the team as the season enters its critical second-half.
Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Jacob Larsson will now return to SHL club Frolunda to continue his 2015-16 campaign after the completion of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team Sweden made a nice run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing atop a tough Group A while compiling the best record among the countries competing at this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»
Photo: Team Sweden forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Anton Karlsson celebrates his goal in his country’s 5-2 win over Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
Team Sweden ran the table in Group A at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning all four of their preliminary round games to finish as the top seed for the playoff round. The Swedes completed their sweep on New Year’s Eve with a 5-2 win over Canada, the second loss suffered by the defending champions at this tournament. Read more»
Photo: San Diego Gulls defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour split his 2014-15 season between the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks, the University of Massachusetts, and the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals (courtesy of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)
The Grand Rapids Griffins are named after a mythical creature – one that is part lion, part eagle — but the Detroit Red Wings prospects season has followed the path of another mythical beast.
Let’s just call them the Grand Rapids Phoenix with how they have burned up and then rebuilt under first-year head coach Todd Nelson. Read more»
Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Julius Nattinen is enjoying a breakout first season in North America playing with the OHL’s Barrie Colts and will look to continue his successful season with Team Finland at the 2016 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Anaheim Ducks have so few CHL and Junior A Prospects that this might seem like an altogether minor report. However, two of their junior prospects are having great seasons thus far. Both Deven Sideroff and Julius Nattinen have some definite staying power in the Ducks pipeline, and both play refreshingly different styles. With most of the Ducks prospects pushing for future roles at the pro level or developing more long-term at the collegiate level, these two players remain near the forefront of Anaheim’s prospect pool due the positive outlook.