As training camp is coming to an end, final cuts still need to be made to the Anaheim Ducks roster. The Ducks continue to pare down their roster, with more cuts still needing to be made.
The Ducks sent goaltender Frederik Anderson to their AHL affiliate in Norfolk. Defenseman Garnet Exelby, who was on a pro tryout, also was sent to Norfolk.
Despite signing this year's first round draft pick, Shea Theodore, to an entry level contract, Theodore was sent back to his junior team, the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.
On Saturday, Brad Staubitz was placed on waivers. If he clears, he will also join the AHL group in Norfolk. Apparently Patrick Maroon has earned a roster spot over Staubitz. Maroon has a better upside all the way around, including the ability to score as well as mix it up if necessary. Staubitz was unable to do much more than fight.
With these moves, that leaves 31 players on the camp roster. It has to be no more than 23 by Wednesday.
Goaltending is pretty easy – Igor Bobkov will be the final cut, leaving Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller on the opening day roster. However, Bobkov will remain until the very end to provide a third option for practice. Bobkov will also benefit from continued goaltender coaching from Dwayne Roloson.
There are still 11 defensemen, but Sheldon Souray is on long time IR. Luca Sbisa is also on IR with an ankle sprain. It was thought that he would be good to go before the start of the season, but it looks like healing is going slower than planned.
Francois Beauchemin, Cam Fowler, Bryan Allen, and Ben Lovejoy are the no-brainers on the blue line. But who will join them in Colorado for opening night? Vying for a position are Sami Vatanen (also nursing an injury), Hampus Lindholm, Mark Fistric and Nolan Yonkman.
Of the 18 forwards remaining, two of them are injured – Emerson Etem and Jakob Silfverberg. There are enough players on the edge, fighting for a spot, that this will go down to the wire.