It is only day two, but there have been some bumps and bruises in the Ducks training camp.
Bobby Ryan left the ice early in his session with a groin strain. Ryan expects to be on the ice for Monday’s practice and scrimmage, so it is not a serious strain. In this case, it is a matter of “better safe than sorry” approach.
Maxime Macenauer, who pulled his groin during day one of camp, determined he could not practice today and left the ice after testing it out.
Coach Randy Carlyle did not feel that either groin was a problem at this point in camp.
The more serious of the day’s injuries came to defenseman, Mathieu Carle, who crashed and burned into the end boards at the conclusion of a drill. Carle was on the ice for a significant period of time before being helped off by trainers. He did not return and was reportedly “woozy.” While not 100%, Carle was good enough to leave practice on his own, which is encouraging news. It will be likely that he will not participate in camp on Monday morning.
Kurtis Foster sat out practice once again with knee inflammation.
After the rough start with group B, group A had a relatively “quiet” practice in comparison.
The focus of the day was once again on teaching and systems. Learning has been deemed far more important at this juncture than scrimmages, although competition is still the name of the game.
“We explained to the players and basically told them that we’re evaluating three things,” Carlyle said. “We’re going to evaluate their ability to retain and their hockey IQ, the amount of heart that they display and the level of conditioning that they are competing at. Those are things that I’d think you can say are top of the list day in and day out. Specifically for players that are in a position to compete for a job here. There’s a lot of them.”
When there are only one or two spots open on a roster, the competition is there, but still limited. With plenty of forward spots open (as well as finagling with the defense), nearly everyone is competing for a spot and a ticket to Finland.
Tomorrow will be the first scrimmage of camp, and those players, who have been reading Carlyle’s quotes and hearing the message from him directly, will be ready to show the coaching staff that they deserve a spot on the team.
For those of you with Monday to Friday jobs, Adam Brady will be attempting to broadcast the scrimmage via the Ducks website. For those of us with more flexibility in our schedules, reporting will come direct from the Honda Center.