Ducks Skate in First On-Ice Session of Training Camp

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Ducks Skate in First On-Ice Session of Training Camp
The Ducks began their first on-ice portion of training camp today at THE RINKS \u2013 Anaheim ICE, as three separate sessions were held at the team\u2019s practice facility.
Jakob Silfverberg skated on a line with Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne during the first on-ice session of training camp.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks began their first on-ice portion of training camp today at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE, as three separate sessions were held at the team’s practice facility.

Fans in attendance got their first glimpse of the team, including offseason acquisition Jakob Silfverberg, who skated on a line with Teemu Selanne and Nick Bonino.

“It was a pretty tough practice, but at the same point it was a lot of fun,” said Silfverberg. “You get to meet a lot of guys and watch and learn. So far, it’s a lot of fun.”

The 22-year-old begins his second NHL season after a successful rookie campaign in Ottawa, where he tallied 10 goals and 19 points with a +9 rating in 48 games. He also added four points (2g/2a) in 10 playoff games.

Silfverberg is close friends with goaltender Viktor Fasth and said he’s gotten to know a lot of the guys during his time here, his first venture to Southern California.

“I gotta say, it’s amazing,” he said. “The weather is so nice and the people here seem super nice, too. So far, I’ve enjoyed it a lot and I hope it gets better from here.”

Head coach Bruce Boudreau was impressed with Silfverberg early on, saying, “He looks like he’s going to be a good player. His skating stride is so nice and when he gets the puck, he’s off. I haven’t talked to Bones [Bonino] or Teemu, but quite frankly, I think they enjoy playing with him.”

PENNER SKATES WITH FAMILIAR FACES
As expected, Dustin Penner skated on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry during the first on-ice session of the day. The trio last played on a line together during Anaheim’s 2007 Stanley Cup championship season, and Penner said he enjoyed the moment.

“It was a lot of fun to be out there with those guys again,” he said. “It’s déjà vu. I keep noticing things like that over and over again. The guys, the atmosphere, and just being here at Anaheim Ice. We were even looking at pictures from eight or nine years ago from the guys who were here.”

Penner, who’s known for his sense of humor, said it was his mother who “led the charge” for him to get number 17. “She didn’t want to change the number on the jersey she had at home,” he said.

On his offseason training, Penner said he did a lot of yoga to help with his flexibility. “As you get older, keeping your flexibility and range of motion is important to stave off injuries. You can have more of a push, as far as in the corners and maintaining it. I focused more on the flexibility part and keeping [my] body healthy.”

Perry hopes the trio can regain the chemistry that made them so lethal some six years ago. “It’s going to be good,” he said. “Hopefully we can get back to where we were when he was here. We were a dominant line. Once he gets going, there aren’t too many guys who can stop him with that big body.”

SOMETHING TO PROVE
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler enters his fourth NHL season and comes into camp ready to take the next step in his career. Fortunately for Fowler, he has guys like Selanne who push him early on.

“Those guys, especially ‘T’ [Selanne], he always comes out in great condition and he’s one of the fastest guys out there,” Fowler said. “He pushes us young guys and makes it challenging for us, which gets us prepared for the year.”

Adds Fowler, “I’m trying to continue to grow every day as a player. I’m not a rookie anymore. I’ve been here for three years now, and I know my teammates and coaches rely on me.

“And also with it being an Olympic year, I need to prove I’m a top-caliber player to try and represent my country. If that’s not motivation, then I don’t know what is.”

SPEED, SPEED, SPEED
The line combination of Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu and Emerson Etem had defensemen at their mercy during their on-ice session this afternoon, and Boudreau was impressed with what he saw.

“I’ve got to believe the speed of those guys is going to create a little bit of havoc with anybody they play against, because they play with enthusiasm all the time as well,” he said, though he noted it’s still very early in training camp. “They were going around the [defensemen] where the other groups weren’t able to. It’s what you see right now, but I was impressed with them.”

ON-ICE SESSIONS CONTINUE TOMORROW, WEEKEND
From Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 15, the team will take the ice at 10 a.m. and follow with a 12 p.m. scrimmage each day. All times are tentative, so fans are encouraged to visit AnaheimDucks.com for updates. The remainder of the club’s practice schedule will be announced at a later date.

Friday, Sept. 13: Practice 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Scrimmage: 12 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14: Practice 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Scrimmage: 12 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15: Practice 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Scrimmage: 12 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 16: Anaheim vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m. at Honda Center
Tuesday, Sept. 17: Anaheim vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m. at Honda Center
Wednesday, Sept. 18: Anaheim at Colorado, 6 p.m. PDT at Pepsi Center

THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE presented by Honda is located at 300 West Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim (one mile east of the 5 freeway off the Lincoln Ave. exit). Parking is available in two separate structures adjacent to the facility.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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