The Anaheim Ducks announced the fates of sixteen training camp players for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. All of them were relatively unsurprising, and there are still some bigger concerns out there to still be announced before the season starts on October 3rd.
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With this news, the San Diego Gulls training camp roster is complete, and they’ll get to show off more of their skills at the Honda Center against the Ontario Reign on September 30th. Three players were also assigned to junior teams and Liiga as well, and they might have a while to go before reaching San Diego. Let’s look at the sixteen players being moved for the Anaheim Ducks.
San Diego Representatives
Most of today’s announcement from the Anaheim Ducks involved the thirteen players heading down to San Diego for the upcoming AHL season. The players that got announced to go down are defenseman Dawson Davidson, right-winger Alex Dostie, goaltender Roman Durny, goaltender Olle Eriksson Ek, left-winger Brent Gates Jr., left-winger Luke Gazdic, right-winger Johno May, defenseman Scott Moldenhauer, center Antoine Morand, center Conor Riley, defenseman Steven Ruggiero, right-winger Deven Sideroff, and right-winger Corey Tropp.
Although there are the talented few of the group that could play in the NHL such as Antoine Morand, Bob Murray didn’t want to risk ruining those skaters’ confidence, so sending them down for another year seems like the right call. They’ll get the development and the strength that they need to finally break through.
Junior Teams & Liiga Representatives
Outside of the AHL send-downs, the Anaheim Ducks also announced that two skaters would be going down to both the OHL and the WHL. Defenseman Matthew Hill will be going to Barrie while center Chase Wouters goes to Saskatoon. Hill being a pick from just last year has a way to go before coming up to the AHL, and Wouters is a slow bloomer. They’ll have to work hard to crack into the AHL in future camps.
Lastly, one goalie will be heading over to Finland to play with Ilves in Liiga. Lukas Dostal will attempt to make a good impression yet again over in Finland in his second season with Ilves. He already put on quite a show at the Rookie Faceoff, so it’ll be adding on to his case for being one of the back-up goalies if Ryan Miller decides to not return next season.
Overall, these roster moves aren’t too shocking for the Anaheim Ducks, and it’s mainly moving younger pieces to where they belong for the season. There will be a few more moves before preseason’s end, and those are the ones that will really shape the team the most heading into the season opener on October 3rd.
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