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Catching up with Sorensen and Helgesen

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Catching up with Sorensen and Helgesen
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

AnaheimDucks.com caught up with forwards Nick Sorensen and Kenton Helgesen on the fourth day of Prospect Development Camp at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE.

Sorensen appeared in his third Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) season with the Quebec Remparts in 2013-14, collecting 61 points (31g/30a) with a +16 rating and 43 penalty minutes in 44 games. Sorensen, a second-round selection (45th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, set career highs in scoring, goals, assists, game-winning goals (6), power-play goals (13) and plus/minus. The 19-year-old ranked third among team leaders in points and goals, and concluded the season on a career-best six-game goal streak (8g/5a). In five playoff games, Sorensen led the team in goals and co-led in scoring (6g/3a). Sorensen scored his second QMJHL hat trick as part of a career-high five-point game (3g/2a) on March 22 vs. Rouyn-Noranda. On the international stage, Sorensen won silver with Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring six points (2g/4a) with a +4 rating and four penalty minutes.

On his development
"Coming into this year, I felt a little more comfortable in my game. Two years before, I had my big injury, so this year I felt more comfortable and had a bigger role on the team. I just felt great from the start."

On what he’s looking to gain from development camp
"Just the learning process, seeing all the players, coaches and staff. Be around them and see how everything works. I want to work on what they tell me to work on, and all those small things that you can bring back to your team. I just want to development my game every year."

On seeing Marcus Pettersson drafted by Anaheim
"It’s always fun with Swedes, especially with me playing in the Swedish Elite League next year on the same team as him. He’s two years younger than me, but he’s very mature for his age. He’s a great player, and it’s always fun to have another great guy here."

On his style of play
"I play a two-way game – a hard game – with a lot of skating. I try to score a lot of goals. I play like [Blackhawks forward] Marian Hossa. Not as skilled as Hossa, but maybe a little more physical."

Helgesen appeared in his third Western Hockey League (WHL) season with the Calgary Hitmen in 2013-14, scoring 51 points (10g/41a) with a +31 rating and 67 penalty minutes in 71 games. Plucked out of the seventh round (187th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Helgesen earned the Hitmen’s Player of the Year Award and Coaches Award. The 20-year-old set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus and appearances and ranked second among team leaders in plus/minus, third in assists and fifth in points. Helgesen added two points (1g/1a) with four penalty minutes in six postseason games.

On what led to his standout season
"Hard work. I played a lot of forward and defense this year. On the power play, I got most of my goals and points in front of the net. I got greasy in front of the net. My linemates helped me out a lot. I guess you can say I was more of a pass-first guy this year. I was hitting them and they were burying goals. I was working hard, going to the net and dirty areas."

On switching back and forth from defense to offense
"It’s a little different. A couple times this year I did it mid-game. All my life I’ve pretty much been back and forth. This year, more than anything, I played forward. They just wanted me up there to help out. I was producing and doing well, so they brought me back and forth. Anaheim wants me as a forward, so I’m happy to be here as a forward."

On what he’s looking to gain from development camp
"It’s a good experience to get to know everyone in the organization better. This is my third year here, so I’m a lot more comfortable. I was pretty nervous in my first year not knowing anyone. You develop as a player, so that’s why we’re here."

On his style of play
"I like to keep things simple, get pucks in and use my size to my advantage. I’m a hard worker who likes keeping things simple."

On his free-flowing hair
"It’s a lot of effort to make it this long. It took me a while to grow it, so I’m trying to keep it around. I have no plans to cut it. No one is following in my footsteps right now."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
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11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
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J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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