Even though Patrick Maroon was called up to Anaheim after Jason Blake had his forearm lacerated, he did not stay long. Or even play a game.
Maroon was reassigned back to the Syracuse Crunch after the Ducks seemed apparently satisfied with Matt Beleskey’s recovery from shoulder surgery. Beleskey has been inserted into the line up for the past two games in Blake’s absence.
Defenseman Nate Guenin, who was a long shot to make the team but stuck around due to injuries to other d-men, was put on waivers, cleared and also sent to Syracuse.
With Toni Lydman fully recovered from his shoulder surgery (much more intensive than Beleskey’s), Guenin was odd man out. Kurtis Foster also has recovered from surgery to remove a wire from his thigh. The wire had been inserted after he broke his leg a couple years ago, but gave him trouble that prevented him from participating in training camp with Anaheim.
Foster is recovered and actually requested a conditioning assignment in Syracuse. Now that Foster is near the end of that assignment, he appears ready to return to Anaheim and be inserted into the line-up for the first time since playing the pre-season game in Finland against Jokerit.
And while we are on the subject of Syracuse, the Ducks minor league affiliate, we would be remiss without mentioning Kyle Palmieri. Palmieri was named the AHL Player of the Week for Oct. 10-16 after collecting 4 goals and 2 assists with a +5 rating in two games. Palmieri won the same award twice as a rookie last season before making his debut in an Anaheim Ducks sweater.
Palmieri has been playing with linemates Maroon and Nick Bonino, forming a formidable line. They have scored seven of Syracuse’s 11 goals.
What this means for the Ducks is that there is plenty of depth and talent to call upon, if necessary. That is a good thing indeed.