Prospect Scrimmage #2

Not a whole lot to add to the post from Friday. They did change up the teams today and they went 4v4 for the entire scrimmage. As a result, there were quite a few more open rushes and we got to see some of the guys' skills in open ice.

Kerdiles, Laganiere, Kase, and Ritchie didn't see the ice nearly as much today as they did on Friday. Kerdiles took a stick on a gloveless hand in the first half, so that might have contributed to his bench time today.

Other guys had more opportunity to stand out today, particularly the Dmen, as they had more chances to jump into the OZ:

Montour - looked much improved from Friday. Very offensive-minded, but played physically in the DZ as well. Had a couple goals but just looked more confident

Theodore - due to 4v4 was on the puck more so we got to see what he could do in space. Kept the puck on his stick more than on Friday, when he seemed "pass-first." Although he didn't produce goals from what I can remember, he did drive play significantly. Got a chance to show off his speed. Had a couple slap shots from the point. I know the scouts and the films say we're supposed to be impressed with his shot, but it didn't come off as above average to me. His skating did come off as above average however. He moves very well.

Petersson - similar to Theodore, was very noticable today. He looked big and played big. Took a stick to the mouth in the first half, but came back later and was actively involved with the puck on both ends. I like him a lot.

Kerdiles - as stated above, wasn't on the ice as much. However, he did have a sick snipe late in the first half. Had the puck at the left circle and was given too much time by the defense. Picked his spot and went top corner short side to beat Faragher. It was a shot that you would expect an NHL scorer to be able to make. His slap shot from the left side late in the scrimmage in transition was also the only one today that raised my eyebrows. I don't know if he's ready for the big club this year, but he's the one eventually.

Ritchie - got caught from behind on a couple breakaways, but I don't think 4v4 is his ideal situation anyway. He was active late in the scrimmage, but I felt he was invisible for most of the session.

I'm sure there are more takeaways from the scrimmage that I'm missing, but these were the guys I was focused on. I was impressed with the size of the crowd yet again today. Not as full as Friday, but still a good turnout. Cool for the prospects to see this kind of support. Boy will they be taken aback when they witness the sea of red when we play the Blackhawks.

Regardless, good on the Ducks for giving the community the opportunity to come out and good on the fans for showing up despite most people in the crowd not knowing anybody on the ice.

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