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#360072 New Ducks Fan!

Posted by AustinDuck27 on 25 February 2014 - 10:15 PM

In a nutshell:


-Getzlaf is lazy and losing value as I type this. 

-Perry has three signature moves, and they all involve slashing someone.

-Maroon is the captain.

-Vatanen is our #1 D man and our enforcer. He may be the best to ever play the game.

-Etem would have 50 goals, but he's in the minors because the league isn't ready for him.

-Lindholm has a golden angelic glow around him, if you squint in the right light you can see it. 

-Sbisa was sent by the devil to ruin the team and destroy hockey as we know it.

-Cogliano is... just ask Pierre McGuire, he'll describe him in ways that I can't, and nobody should.

-Hiller is the best goalie with vertigo in the league hands down. OK, maybe top 3.

-Fasth is some Swedish goalie we were rumored to have acquired, but nobody can verify it.

-Fowler is our shin pad sharp shooter.

-Winnik is in the "elite scorer for my first month" club, along with former Ducks great Dan Sexton.

-Perreault was never actually traded here, it's just that nobody noticed he was gone. Bruce brought him along much like that stapler you steal on your last day on the job.

-Penner and Selanne are both great for the first shift of each game, and then it's all spilled maple syrup and no ketchup.

-Silfverberg, I have no clue. I'm afraid to look directly at him... those eyes.

-Saku and Bonino are both our #2 center, yet neither are.


That's our team, I'm drunk, welcome to the bandwagon.

#338306 Norfolk Depth Chart And Lines

Posted by AdmiralsFan27 on 18 November 2013 - 06:10 PM

With Holland getting moved the other day I have been wondering who in Norfolk will be taking his minutes and potentially replacing his production.  My thoughts are that Koivu is nearing a return so Rakell will be sent back down to play top six center minutes, but I don't get to follow the Ads closely enough to know if that will happen or not. 


I was also curious as to what Murray sees in Blacker.  I figured maybe the Ads needed some help on the backend, but when I checked the Admirals roster it shows they have something like 10 Dmen right now. 


All of this got me realizing that I really don't know who plays with who down there on both forward and defense, and whether Blacker will get a better chance in our system than in Toronto's.  I like to think the Holland-Blacker deal was done to give both players a better opportunity to break through, but I don't know enough about the Admirals to say he will even crack the lineup.


Anyone out there feel like posting a bit about how Norfolk's depth chart/line combos and D-pairings look now with Holland gone, Blacker in the fold, and possibly Rakell and Vatanen staying down there for a while?



I think I might be able to help with this one. I'm an Admirals season ticket holder and I've actually been doing a great deal of scouting this year in hopes of getting a job with the team in the future.  I was shocked, to say the least, to hear about Holland being traded two days ago, especially for a defenseman, and am still trying to rationalize their decision myself.  Anaheim and Norfolk both have a slew of young talented wingers in the system but don't have nearly as much center depth now that Holland is in Toronto. Trading Brad Staubiz didn't surprise me since they have apparently didn't have room for him in Anaheim and Norfolk has a number of other AHL veterans in their regular rotation so he hadn't been playing much.(I think its a max of 6 vets per game but idk for sure) As for the depth chart and line combos, Norfolk had been starting Dave Steckel as their 1st line C while Holland was in Anaheim, with Whitney and McQueen at the wings. Chris Wagner is usually their 2nd line centerman, with the Maxs on the wings (Sauve & Friberg), but rotates alot with Sauve who is listed on the roster as a center. The 3rd and 4th lines have been in flux all season depending on who is in Norfolk and who is in Anaheim that week. When Rackell is on the roster, he plays alot with Sarault and had been playing with his former teammate Noesen before he tore his ACL. Without Rackell, or prior to Steckel being signed, Cramarossa and Laganiere were logging about the same amount of ice time as 3rd and 4th line centers, with some combination of Kurtz, Stortini, and Sarault as the wingers.  Now that Holland is officially gone and Rackell has been returned to Norfolk, I expect Rackell to see significantly more ice time at center, perhaps replacing Wagner on the 2nd line behind Steckel, whos faceoff skills are too good to not have on the top line.

Wagner will either join Rackell and Sauve as a winger, because of his quickness and defensive responsibility, or will be moved to the 3rd line with Sarault and Kurtz.  If Wagner is moved to the 3rd line, that leaves either Laganiere or Cramarossa to center the 4th line with Zack Stortini. Barring injury to any of Anaheim's stars, I expect the forward line combos to look like this for at least the next few months. 


As for the defense, Norfolk usually starts Mat Clark and Kevin Gagne, but the two don't always play on the same line.  Nolan Yonkman always logs alot of ice time and usually partners with Gagne, Skinner, or Parent.  Garnet Exelby and Alex Grant are likely listed as the 2nd line dmen but both also log significant ice time every game.  Skinner seems to be much more reliable and consistent than Parent and has played in more games as a result.  Now that Sami is back in Norfolk (so thankful hes back, I love his game), he will likely be paired on the top line with Yonkman, which makes for a really interesting combination of playing styles.  Exelby and Grant are both very good players and will probably stay put on the 2nd line, leaving the 3rd line d combo completely up for grabs.  Norfolk will likely rotate Gagne, Clark, Parent, Skinner, and even Stefan Warg onto that 3rd line as long as Vatanen is on the roster.  In my opinion, Kevin Gagne is a great young defenseman, who possesses all of the skills it takes to succeed at the next level, except for his natural physical limitations (hes 5'8 170), and should get the most playing time of the group, if only to get him more experience at the pro level.  Mat Clark and Ryan Parent are extremely average players who rarely, if ever in the case of Parent, show flashes of what I would consider NHL caliber defense.  I would not be surprised to see either traded at some point in the season as a part of a package deal (perhaps when ANA trades a goalie?) or released outright at the end of the year.  Parent is already over the hill at 26 and Clark just hasn't show any signs of improving during his time in Norfolk. Brett Skinner on the other hand is worth holding onto in my opinion.  Although he is older than both Clark and Parent (hes 30), his game is much more well-rounded.  Skinner plays a smart offensive game, only jumping into plays when the moment calls for it, and always works hard when the puck is in Norfolk's zone.  He routinely makes good long lead passes out of the zone and will carry the puck into the zone during line changes.  Though he doesn't possess a hard shot, he has been a 0.50 point per game in every league hes played in during his journeyman career.  As for Stefan Warg, he will likely be moved to the ECHL so he can get more acclimated to the North American game rather than playing sparingly for Norfolk. 



ALL THAT BEING SAID, I have no idea where this Blacker kid will fit in to the Admirals rotation.  It seems like Anaheim has the 6 or 7 defenseman that barring injury will be on their roster for the duration of the season, so I assume the defenseman in Norfolk now, with the exception of Sami, will be here all year as well. Yonkman and Exelby have played in a combined 470+ NHL games and are good enough in my opinion to be 3rd line NHL defenseman right now for some teams out there. Alex Grant is an improving offensive defenseman who, once he improves on some of the defensive aspects of his game, should end up in the NHL at some point in the future. Now that they have acquired Blacker to add another young defenseman, perhaps Anaheim will now feel more comfortable moving one of their older defenseman to a team looking to replace an injured vet at the trade deadline or sometime prior. I would be absolutely shocked if Anaheim kept all of these defenseman in their system for the remainder of the season, but then again, I was shocked they made this deal in the first place. 




  you sir are absolutely correct.  Holland has been nearly a point per game guy his entire career and was looking better and skating harder this season than I had seen at any point the past two years. He was not the leader of the Admirals but his presence on the ice was noticeable. He made the guys around him better and the confidence he played with was contagious. I guess Anaheim made up their mind that he was done improving as a player and was not going to become the guy they thought he would when they drafted him in the 1st round just 4 years ago. If anyone else would like to try to make sense of this trade then be my guest, but as far as I'm concerned, this move was a complete head-scratcher. 




Hope this helps answer some of you Ducks fans' questions about the Admirals line combos and defensive pairings. If theres anything else anyone wants to know about any of the Ducks AHL prospects don't hesitate to ask me

#319811 Lasting Impressions For This Season

Posted by gotchabari on 14 May 2013 - 10:06 PM

Is that what he did with Getzlaf, Perry, and Penner?


Didn't have much of a choice.

#359731 Usa & Finland Game

Posted by AustinDuck27 on 22 February 2014 - 09:26 AM

Still wondering where NWR is! He would've loved posting on this game!


Probably drunk, dancing naked on a roof top wrapped in a Finland flag yelling, "Karlssen sucks, Vatanen rules!"  :P


Kidding NWR, congrats bud!

#343332 Beauchemin Return

Posted by gorbachav5 on 09 December 2013 - 10:34 PM

Fasth "not close"? What the heck happened to him? For some reason I have groin pull in my head. But this seems like a long down time for that. I am super sketchy on going with Fasth next season, unless we somehow we inject him with Cogliano blood. 


Cogliano blood is not compatible with humans.  Fasth would wind up exploding into a pile of grit and moxie.  Also, Pierre McGuire has dibs on the first succesfully synthesized vial of Cogliano Blood.

#339400 Norfolk Depth Chart And Lines

Posted by AdmiralsFan27 on 22 November 2013 - 10:44 PM

The line combinations looked like this for the entirety of the game tonight vs. Portland



Line 1 (Starters) -- LW Sauve - C Wagner - RW Whitney

Line 2 --------------- LW Kurtz   - C Rakell  - RW Friberg

Line 3 --------------- Laganiere ---- Steckel  ------ MacQueen

Line 4 --------------- Cramarossa -- Saurault ----- Stortini



D1 (starters) - LD Gagne -- RD Clark

D2 -------------- LD Grant --- RD Exelby

D3 -------------- LD Blacker - RD Yonkman  : combo that played the most tonight



Healthy Scratches : Vatanen, Parent, Warg (Brett Skinner was released just a few hours before puck drop, much to my dismay)





Very few changes throughtout the game as far as the lines are concerned. Gagne and Grant played together for 2 shifts in the 2nd with Grant playing right D when they did. Norfolk had Wagner centering the 1st Powerplay line with Rackell and Sauve on the wings and Grant & Exelby on D. The 2nd PP line consisted of Sarault ©, Friberg, and Laganiere with Gagne and Blacker playing D. As for penalty killing, the Admirals had Wagner & Kurtz as the forwards and Clark & Blacker on D on their primary PK line. The other penalty killers they used were Steckel, Stortini, Friberg, Rakell, Exelby, Yonkman, and Grant in various rotations.




Overall the team played well tonight, with the exception of a somewhat sloppy 2nd period. I thought Rakell looked really good in his return to Norfolk. He skated very well and made a number of great neutral zone plays that led to turnovers and was also notably more passive tonight than he had been prior.  I was disappointed Vatanen wasn't in the lineup but was glad I finally got to see Jesse Blacker up close and personal.  Blacker played an outstanding game IMHO and thats saying something because I was watching him really closely tonight because of how critical I was of the Holland trade.  He routinely skated the puck through the neutral zone with great confidence and played very well in his own zone as well. He fought hard in the corners, behind the net, and took on bigger guys in front of the net all night long.  Needless to say I was impressed by him, and although I still don't think the trade was a good one, I can see now why Anaheim might think this kid has a brighter future than ol Peter Holland (but best of luck to him in Toronto).  I also thought that Chris Wagner had his best game in an Admirals uniform tonight.  He won a vast majority of his faceoffs, had numerous hits in all 3 zones, made 2 or 3 sick passes for scoring chances from behind the net on the PP, and made several high effort plays throughtout the night on the PK and at even strength.  He did not get a point tonight but he was defintely one of the main reasons the team got the win. John Gibson played like a seasoned vet in net as he has all season, stopping nearly every clean shot he's seen so far in the AHL, and picked up his 7th win. The rare goals he gives up are almost always long shots that go in because he was screened or because the puck got deflected. He is a really hard worker, rarely gets out of position, handles the puck very well and continues to look like a future star in the NHL.





Decided to post the lines and a short summary from tonights game after reading the positive feedback from my first post the other day. I'm not really sure what brought me to type up such a long response but was glad to see that the time it took to write up wasn't wasted. As I said in the previous post, if anyone wants to know anything else about the AHL guys and how they're playing on a game to game basis, please don't hesitate to ask.

#371867 Who Is Your Favorite Ducks Captain Of All Time?

Posted by poum on 04 April 2014 - 03:29 PM

Scotty, Maroon, Getzlaf. In that order.

#375789 Teemu & Jiggy

Posted by nieder on 14 April 2014 - 01:29 AM

I feel like this needs it's own thread.


Probably my favorite moment of an unforgettable season. Two of my favorite Ducks skating together again, What a night!


#367985 Ducks Vs Panthers 3-23-14

Posted by My_Ducks on 23 March 2014 - 06:30 PM



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