Shea Theodore, a defenseman, stands with officials from the Anaheim Ducks sweater after being chosen 26th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun via bigstory.ap.org)
A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about how the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will NOT have an alumni game this upcoming season when they take part in the NHL’s Stadium Series. Well, today it was announced that in early September, the Ducks and Kings will take part in a matchup that is the complete opposite of an alumni game. The Ducks rookies will take on the Kings rookies at Honda Center on Saturday, September 7th. The “SoCal Hockey Futures Game” will begin at 6 p.m. and will include free admission and parking to all fans. Then, on Monday, September 9th, the Ducks’ rooks will travel to play a game against the Kings’ rooks at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
A full roster for these games will be announced next week. I can pretty much guarantee that Ducks rookies Shea Theodore, Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm and John Gibson will be included. Here’s my predicted lineup:
Nic Kerdiles – Rickard Rakell – Stefan Noesen
Max Friberg – William Karlsson – Chris Wagner
Kevin Roy – Antoine Laganiere – Nick Sorensen
Steven Whitney – Joseph Cramarossa – Grant Besse
Hampus Lindholm – Shea Theodore
Sami Vatanen – Keaton Thompson
Andy Welinski – Mat Clark
Bench: Charlie Sarault, John Kurtz, Kevin Lind
That could be entirely correct OR it could be not even close. The Ducks know what they have better than I do. Also, a lot of the Ducks’ best rookies are centers who can play either wing as well. So, there are going to be some position changes probably. As well as a deeper bench.