We're inching closer and closer to real hockey. Rookie games and public training camp practices are all well and good, but it only gets better. Tonight the Ducks (technically) open the preseason in Colorado at 6 pm Pacific Time, but before that game is even over they'll also be getting underway at Honda Center.
The first day of preseason always holds a certain level of excitement, but most of it is an illusion. It looks so much like a real hockey game that you can almost taste it. The first chance to (maybe) see new players like Ryan Kesler and (for the Avs) Jerome Iginla in their new uniforms; for some of us the first time being back in the building since .... well you know; the dulcet tones of Steve Carroll and Dan Wood on the radio broadcast (web only).
Sure, by the middle of the second period I'll remember that I don't give a crap about these games and in reality they're pretty boring, not to mention by this time next week it will feel like a whole extra month has passed and we'll be dying for some competitive action. But for now we can enjoy the excitement of the first game.
Ducks: Latest/original full training camp roster.Avalanche: Latest full training camp roster. Interestingly, even though they haven't played a preseason game yet, the Avs have already cut 11 players to get their roster down to 56. That's still eight more than the Ducks originally brought to camp, including injured Ducks Kyle Palmieri, Shea Theodore AND Duck in name/contract only Sheldon Souray.
Stay tuned for updates (especially on the expected rosters) as the day goes on, but in the mean time feel free to comment away.,,
And the rosters have been officially released:
|31 G Frederik Andersen||20 G Reto Berra|
|36 G John Gibson||34 G Roman Will|
|4 D Cam Fowler||2 D Nick Holden|
|6 D Ben Lovejoy||3 D Karl Stollery|
|10 RW Corey Perry||5 D Nate Guenin|
|15 C Ryan Getzlaf||10 C Ben Street|
|16 LW Emerson Etem||14 C Troy Bourke|
|18 RW Tim Jackman||18 C Jesse Winchester|
|20 C David Steckel||24 C Marc-Andre Cliche|
|23 D Francois Beauchemin||27 D Bruno Gervais|
|36 LW Matt Beleskey||28 C Paul Carey|
|41 LW John Kurtz||36 C Garrett Meurs|
|42 D Josh Manson||37 C Colin Smith|
|44 C Nate Thompson||42 C Samuel Henley|
|46 LW Nick Ritchie||43 C Michael Sgarbossa|
|47 D Hampus Lindholm||44 D Ryan Wilson|
|50 LW Nicolas Kerdiles||46 D Stefan Elliott|
|51 LW Dany Heatley||53 LW Michael Schumacher|
|52 D Brendan Bell||55 LW Cody McLeod|
|54 D Andrew O'Brien||56 D Daniel Maggio|
|62 C Chris Wagner||71 RW Borna Rendulic|
|67 RW Rickard Rakell|
|74 C/LW Joseph Cramarossa|
|78 C Charlie Sarault|
|30 G Jason LaBarbera||31 G Calvin Pickard|
|72 G Igor Bobkov||74 G Sami Aittokallio|
|3 D Clayton Stoner||6 D Erik Johnson|
|7 C/LW Andrew Cogliano||9 C Matt Duchene|
|12 RW Devante Smith-Pelly||12 RW Jarome Iginla|
|17 C Ryan Kesler||15 C Mitchell Heard|
|19 LW Patrick Maroon||16 D Duncan Siemens|
|28 D Mark Fistric||17 D Brad Stuart|
|33 RW Jakob Silfverberg||22 D Zach Redmond|
|37 D Mat Clark||25 C Maxime Talbot|
|38 C William Karlsson||26 D Maxim Noreau|
|40 LW Steve MacIntyre||29 C Nathan MacKinnon|
|43 C/LW Max Friberg||32 LW Andrew Agozzino|
|45 D Sami Vatanen||38 C Joey Hishon|
|48 RW Brandon Yip||40 LW Alex Tanguay|
|55 LW Brad Winchester||45 RW Dennis Everberg|
|57 LW Kenton Helgesen||48 C Daniel Briere|
|58 C Matt Bailey||49 C Conner Bleackley|
|60 D Kevin Gagne||57 D Chris Bigras|
|61 D Nathan McIver||81 C Tomas Vincour|
|64 RW Stefan Noesen|
|65 C Louis Leblanc|
|77 D Jesse Blacker|
A few quick thoughts on the rosters.
1) How is it possible that both Colorado rosters contain three fewer players than the Ducks when the Avs have so many more players in camp?
2) Preseason results matter less than almost anything else in the world... However, if the Ducks sure as hell better win that game in Anaheim. I understand wanting to ice some recognizable names at home, as well as not subjecting your first team to extra unnecessary travel. But we send them Ryan Kesler and they send us.... Cody McLeod?
Lines: Perry-Getzlaf-Heatley, Jackman-Thompson-Kerdiles, Ritchie-Rakell-Etem, and Cramarossa-Wagner-Sarault-Kurtz. #Ducks— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) September 22, 2014
First goalie off ice today: @f_andersen30— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) September 22, 2014