“Gulls Hockey-Future is Here Now”
If you like hockey, we’re pretty fortunate. We get to see all the Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings games here in the San Diego market. We benefit too from the NBC-Sports Network coverage of the NFL.
Granted it may not be Hockey Night in Canada’s heritage, but the sport is growing by leaps and bounds in the sunbelt.
And we have access to the stars of tomorrow, with the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks top minor league affiliate. The rosters are loaded with young talent, just a phone call away.
Last year, come playoff time, there were 9-Ducks players on the ice who had played part of the season in the AHL in San Diego.
Thought this has been a season of struggle up top, the farm system cupboard is far from bare. In the midst of a 5-game home stand, for the first time this season, all the hottest Ducks prospects are on the ice at the same time for the Gulls.
Change is comng in Anaheim, where age, injury and illness have impacted stars Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Ryan Kesler-Patrick Eaves. The Ducks have a history of developing young players, and the next wave are here in San Diego wearing Gulls colors.
Callups are coming, you know that for sure. But what the Ducks have drafted and signed, and now placed here for coach Dallas Eakins to teach and grow, is a cross section of talent.
GM-Bob Ferguson, a decade long employee of the Ducks, has run their top farm clubs, from San Diego, to Norfolk, to Syracuse back to Portland. His assessment of what will be on the ice next Friday when the Gulls host Bakersfield.
..Missed camp with injuries-missed lots of shifts
..Plays a strong up and down game
..His game-go to the net-be infront-get loose pucks-score
..Played well at Denver University-NCAA champs
..International play gives him leg up on experience
..Being in NHL to start season-great for him learning
..Skilled hands with puck…lots of hockey smarts
..Bumps-bangs-goes to the net
..Tremendous hockey intuition-where to go-what to do
..Now learning about pro level
..Can’t get away with stuff he did in junior hockey
..Learning to earn it now against pros
..Hockey skills are off the charts.
..Has always been a goal scorer with heavy shot
..Now learning to play without the puck and compliment players
..Learn to go to open slots
..Now going to get the puck-not wait around for someone pass it
..Could be deadly sniper
..Darn close to being a complete player
..Been up a couple of times to Ducks already
..Learns a lot up there-come backs and works on skills
..Was 7-weeks behind coming off hip surgery-playing well
..Biggest surprise in Ducks camp-started season up there-got hurt
..Uses his size to get scoring chances
..He’s already figured it out
..Big-strong-makes things happen on the ice
..Close to being complete player at young age
..Just turned 19-last year’s top pick
..Good hands-hockey sense
..Will be point producer in his career
..Could stay in San Diego or go back to Sweden..if not called back up by Ducks
..Has earned this-undrafted-played way into camp invite
..Played way into AHL contract
..Fearless-aggressive on offense
..Plays with an edge-great confidence
..Smart hockey player for this young age
..Could be the next Josh Manson on Ducks defense
..Fiesty-different than Brandon Montour-Shea Theodore-here before