In the video above, to further illustrate the disparity today, he reminisces about when he earned his contract, but the money quote for me is "...I'm an older player; I don't have time for that..." Le siiigh. Not just pros, but desperate, coming up on their last chance at the big club pros. We should've sent Dan Sexton and Matt Beleskey to this thing just as a morale boost.
Jake Newton points to inability to control the flow of play and bad penalties as explanations for the Ducks' 8-4 loss in a game where the score was actually tied during the second period. Ironically, Newton took the first penalty of the game but was one of three Ducks defensemen to march to the penalty box on minors. Newton also scored a goal, apparently for his fiancée. Devante Smith-Pelly added one, as did Jake Carrick and John Kurtz, who were both playing their first game of the tournament for the Ducks.
For now, it looks like the person who may have gotten the most out of this tournament is Mark Holick. He's found his leadership players, gotten a look at some pro tryouts and seen what he can get out of guys like Brian Lebler. I'd say the Ducks' performance has been more instructive for his camp than Anahiem's. At the end of the day, I don't think anyone did anything to leap frog their way up the ladder.
Anaheim's youngsters will get another chance at this on Wednesday against the Canucks youngsters. They're not all 'youngsters,' but they're about even with the Ducks in pro experience and short in terms of high draft talent when you consider they probably won't ice former Matt Clark teammate Cody Hodgson.