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2015 Rookie Camp: Professional/Amateur Tryout Players, Free Agent Invitees

Get to know the players participating in the Ducks Rookie Camp who will be looking to make an impression and earn a spot with the franchise.

Nathan Noel skates in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Nathan Noel skates in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
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#58 Matt Bailey

C - 6'1" - 197 - L - 24 - Norfolk (AHL) - Signed as Free Agent

Bailey is in the final year of his two-year entry level deal, signed after completing his senior season at University of Alaska-Anchorage in 2013-14. He lead the Seawolves in goal scoring twice, as a sophomore and senior, and in his final year while team captain also became just the second player in program history to be named All-WCHA First Team. SBN College Hockey noted when he signed that he "has pro level speed" and the size and strength to be an effective two-way player despite playing on an offensively challenged UAA team for four seasons. In his season-plus in the AHL he put up eight goals and five assists in 67 regular season games, and two assists in ten playoff games. Bailey scored in back-to-back games with the Admirals this past season in October, the 13th against the Hershey Bears and then the 17th hosting the Manchester Monarchs.

#78 Charlie Sarault

C - 5'11" - 184 - L - 23 - Norfolk (AHL) - Signed as Free Agent

After piling up 108 points as an OHL overager with the Sarnia Sting in 12-13, Anaheim inked Sarault to a three-year entry level deal that is now in its final season. In his last two OHL seasons he was a major beneficiary of skating with NHL-caliber talent, putting up 20 goals and 67 assists on a line with Nail Yakupov in 11-12, as well as 22 goals and 86 assists in his overage season while playing with Alex Galchenyuk, transforming from the checking line player he was for three seasons with the Kingston Frontenacs to a playmaker with Sarnia. Sarault has more resembled that two-way checking line player as a pro, playing 105 games with Norfolk over two-plus seasons and putting up 14 goals and 21 assists. He showed well offensively in a brief ECHL stint with Utah in 13-14, scoring three times and assisting eight in eight games, but according to Hockey's Future projects best as a two-way player with an offensive element, though better suited to defending and penalty killing with his tactical knowledge.

#82 Matt Berry

RW - 5'10" - 168 - R - 22 - Norfolk (AHL), Michigan State (Big Ten) - Amateur Tryout

After completing his senior season at Michigan State last season, Berry signed on with the former Ducks affiliate Norfolk Admirals and saw five games. In his Spartan career he lead the team in scoring as a sophomore, and was named an All Big Ten Honorable Mention as a senior, putting up 48 goals and 48 assists in 130 games over his four years. A feature on the Red Wings website written in 2012 notes that coaches have always wanted him around the net, and he's been much obliged thanks to solid finishing ability that's followed him his entire career. Berry participated in the summer Development Camp, scoring a goal in the second scrimmage as a gritty presence along the boards and in front of the net. He signed a one year contract with the San Diego Gulls, announced in July.

#83 Alexandre Alain

C - 6'0" - 173 - R - 18 - Gatineau (QMJHL) - Amateur Tryout

Undrafted after finishing the 130 ranked North American skater this past season in his first year of eligibility, Alain completed his first full season with the Gatineau Olympiques contributing nine goals and 18 assists in 62 regular season games, and another goal and an assist in 11 playoff games. He was Gatineau's first pick, ninth overall in the 2013 QMJHL draft, but did not play for them as a 16 year old as he was recovering from surgery that removed a benign tumor from his back. Alain was selected to represent the QMJHL in the CHL Super Series, playing in both games for the Q against Russia. McKeen's describes him as an "energy player with good offensive ability", using his good speed to his advantage in all zones, and with a strong work ethic that allows coaches to use him in many situations.

#84 Lane Pederson

C - 6'0" - 192 lbs - Shoots L - 17 Yr/O - Seattle (WHL) - Amateur Tryout

Teammate of Shea Theodore in juniors, Pederson completed his first full season with the Thunderbirds after appearing in two regular season and three playoff games with the club in 2013-14. In an offseason Q&A with the T-Birds site before this year Pederson described his biggest strengths as being able to read the play and create opportunities for himself and teammates, as well as comparing his playing style to Claude Giroux. This past season he appeared in 63 games as a WHL rookie, posting eight goals and 12 assists good for third on the team amongst rookies and 14th overall. Pederson participated in the summer Development Camp.

#85 Bryan Moore

LW - 6'0" - 199 - L - 21 - Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) - Amateur Tryout

Ranked the 195 skater in North America in 2015 when he went undrafted, Moore has attended prospect camps for the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes in the past few seasons. He's a former teammate of Nick Ritchie with the Greyhounds, where Moore finished ninth on the team with 50 points. Born in Indian Trail, North Carolina in the same area where the AHL's Charlotte Checkers play, Moore credits mid 13-14 season trade from the struggling Sarnia Sting to the Soo for raising his profile as a prospect, telling the Checkers website that moving to the Greyhounds made him a better player. Moore participated in the summer Development Camp, and signed a one-year deal with the Gulls during offseason.

#88 Wyatt Johnson

C - 6'0" - 177 - R - 20 - Red Deer (WHL) - Amateur Tryout

A return invitee to Ducks camp, Johnson is a rough and tumble center that is heading in to his overage season with the Red Deer Rebels. In 188 games through his previous three seasons Johnson scored 49 goals and had 56 assists, with three goals and two helpers over 15 playoff games. Last year was his best offensively, scoring 25 times and dishing 29 helpers in 71 games. He dropped the gloves with Sharks rookie Dylan Sadowy during one of last year's Futures Game, and according to has 13 WHL scraps to his credit, throwing down nine times in 13-14.

#90 Nathan Noel

C - 5'11" - 171 - R - 18 - Saint John (QMJHL) - Amateur Tryout

An undrafted prospect in 2015 after finishing ranked as the 54th ranked North American skater in his first draft eligible season, Noel lead the Sea Dogs in his second season with the team with 62 points (41st in the league) and tying for the team lead with 24 goals in the regular season. He had a team best five goals and tied for top seven points in the playoffs. He prepped at the famous Shattuck St. Mary's program and according to EliteProspects is a high skill reliable player with a "non-stop motor", as well as good hockey sense and creativity in the offensive end. Noel participated in the summer Development Camp.


#60 Kevin Gagne

5'8" - 176 - L - 23 - Norfolk (AHL) - Signed  as Free Agent

Gagne is in the final season of his three-year entry level contract with the Ducks, which saw him appear in 133 games with the Norfolk Admirals following a four-season run in the QMJHL where he won the Memorial Cup with Saint John in 2011. He put up 173 points (41 goals 132 assists) in 300 regular season Q games, as well as 25 points (5 goals 20 assists) in 47 playoff games, chalking up 71 points (17 goals 54 assists) in 16 games during his overage season split between the Sea Dogs and Rimouski Oceanic. Gagne's first full season with the Ads in 13-14 saw him finish second amongst defensemen with 19 assists while putting up 22 points, but last year managed just two goals and six assists in 57 games. His undersized stature makes his NHL future questionable.

#87 C.J. Garcia

6'0" - 185 - L - 19 - Guelph, Barrie (OHL) - Amateur Tryout

A stay at home defenseman who spent two seasons working his way into the lineup and skating with 2014 Calder trophy winner Aaron Ekblad with the Colts, Garcia was picked up by the Storm at the trade deadline this past season. In a player spotlight article on Guelph's website Garcia projects himself as a smooth-skating defenseman that moves the puck well and can provide a hit, blocked shot, whatever it takes to succeed. EliteProspects noted in 2014 that he is not overly physical but has a good understanding of the game, and has continued to develop as he's gotten more comfortable with the pace of the game. At the summer Development Camp Garcia displayed his nice release scoring from the point in the second session, tightening up play in the defensive end as he became more engaged offensively.

#89 Eric Knodel

6'6" - 225 - L - 25 - Toronto (AHL), Orlando (ECHL) - Professional Tryout

A three-year collegiate player at the University of New Hampshire, Knodel is a 2009 fifth round draft pick by Toronto that was signed by then-Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis in 13-14. He captained the Wildcats his senior year, where he lead the defense in scoring after having finished second amongst UNH defenders his junior year. With the Maple Leafs he played in 29 games for the Toronto Marlies over two seasons, and 38 games with the Orlando Solar Bears this past year. Despite having the size one looks for while being strong on his skates and able to join the rush and quarterback the power play, Hockey's Future notes he's not a major physical presence and relies more on his positioning and stick-work.


#68 Ryan Faragher

6'2" - 195 - Glove L - 18 - Norfolk (AHL), Utah (ECHL) - Professional Tryout

After three seasons at St. Cloud State that saw him backstop the Huskies to the Frozen Four in the 12-13 season and to the NCAA tournament the following year, Faragher split time with the Grizzlies and Admirals last season after signing a one year deal with the Ducks. He began the season in Utah, where he made the second most appearances on the team posting a 10-8-2 record with a 2.72 GAA and .908 SV% in 24 games. Faragher's one ECHL shutout of the season came against the Ontario Reign, and he had seven games with more than 30 saves (winning four), with a season-high 41 stops in a shootout loss to the Reign on January 19. He made his AHL debut in a loss at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on November 5, but would join the Admirals for good in late February. Faragher went 4-9-1 with a 2.57 GAA and .901 SV% in 15 appearances, his best being a 33-save overtime loss at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on April 11. Following participation in Anaheim's summer Development Camp, the Gulls announced signing Faragher to a one-year contract.

#72 Landon Bow

6'4" - 214 - L - 20 - Swift Current (WHL) - Amateur Tryout

The WHL's second most worked goalie last season with 66 games played and 3614 minutes, Bow is eligible to return for his overage season after holding down the Bronco startering spot for the first time in 14-15. He finished 5th in the league with a .911 SV% while making a league-high 1925 saves, going 31-27-5 and finishing tied for the league lead with seven shutouts. As his workload has increased with Swift Current his save percentage has improved as well, going from .897 in 11 games during his WHL rookie season of 12-13, to .901 in 27 games in 13-14. Bow finished as the 30 ranked North American goalie in the 2015 NHL Draft pool.

#79 Brendan Burke

6'4" - 185 - L - 20 - Portland, Calgary (WHL) - Amateur Tryout

Another overage eligible goalie, Burke was a sixth round selection by the Coyotes in 2013 but was not signed despite attending camp twice for Arizona. The son of 18-year NHL goalie and current Coyote goalie coach Sean Burke, Brendan spent his first three full WHL seasons with the Portland Winterhawks before being traded to the Calgary Hitmen in 14-15. He was part of the Winterhawks 12-13 WHL championship team as part of a tandem but was not the playoff starter, and saw his most work with the club in 13-14 when he went 34-10-2 with a .911 SV% and 2.75 GAA. He ceded the Portland starting spot to rookie Adin Hill this past season due to poor play (.888 SV% and 3.63 GAA in 19 games), but upon arrival in Calgary went 13-3-1 with a .918 SV% and 2.38 GAA, finishing with a cumulative .902 SV% good for 15th in the league. Hockey's Future likens his style to his father's, a position-based butterfly with solid rebound control, with continued work needed on his angles and positioning.