As I wrote about here yesterday, the Ducks have 26 players remaining on their roster. The team must be down to a league mandated 23 players by the time the regular season starts, but the final two forward cuts might not be too difficult. The final defensive spot, however, is a completely different story.
The Ducks will likely go with 14 forwards, seven defencemen, and two goalies as they have in past seasons. The roster currently has 16 forwards, eight defencemen, and two goalies. The two forwards that will probably go are Troy Bodie and Logan MacMillan. The final defenseman to cut, however, is a much more difficult task.
Brendan Mikkelson has clearly outplayed Luca Sbisa in training camp. Nick Boynton hasn’t had too much playing time but has been solid and was always expected to be one of the six defencemen. Steve Eminger has been up and down, but is signed to a two-year contract (why two years, I don’t know…) worth a decent amount of money and was also expected to play. Sheldon Brookbank has had a preseason to forget as he struggled, but Coach Randy Carlyle knows how effective he can be from last year. We also know the top three of Scott Niedermayer, Ryan Whitney, and James Wisniewski are playing every night. So who gets cut?
The coaching staff has no idea at this point, so I wouldn’t dare to guess. Tonight’s game against the Kings will give the coaches clarity about the defense and probably how offensive lines will be set.
To see the current roster, click here.