The first half of this week’s edition of Anaheim Ducks News & Rumors covers Max Comtois’ long-term absence, the decision to send Mason McTavish back to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Rickard Rakell’s return from injury and much more.
Comtois Undergoes Surgery
This isn’t the season that Comtois envisioned after he broke out with 16 goals in 2020-21. Comtois, 22 years old, has only one point in 13 games. He will be out of action for six weeks. after undergoing surgeryTo remove a small bone in his right hand.
Comtois won’t be able to make it back into the lineup after his return with players like Sam Steel, Sam Carrick making the most out of their opportunities Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg have Recently, also from the injured reserve,The forward lines are becoming more crowded.
McTavish resigned to Peterborough
In fact, there’s enough depth in this group of forwards that the Ducks felt the best decision to make when it came to McTavish was to Return him to the OHLBefore his first year of contract was destroyed. As a slide entry candidateBefore the first year of his contract was in effect, he was allowed to play in nine NHL games. Having played exactly nine games before being returned to his OHL team, the Peterborough Petes, the first year of his contract won’t kick in until next season at the earliest.
Now that McTavish will be spending the next several months in the OHL, he will have the opportunity to play full-time in his natural position — center. McTavish had previously been playing as a left-winger at the NHL level with Silfverberg and Isac Ludstrom. McTavish didn’t look out of place during his nine games by any means––he did, of course, score his first NHL goal in his very first game––but a season of domination in the OHL should give him a big boost of confidence.
Rakell returns from injury
As previously mentioned, Rakell did make his return to the Ducks’ lineup on Monday night against the Nashville Predators after spending nearly a month on injured reserve. With four goals in eight games prior to his return, his scoring ability wasn’t something that had sorely been missed, but it’s always nice to have players in your lineup who are capable of putting the puck in the net on a regular basis.
Rakell skated with Trevor Zegras, Sonny Milano and made a few good chances during the game. He didn’t appear to be shying away from being physical either during his nearly 19 minutes of ice time. He He scored his fifth goal of this seasonThe second period was tied at one by a shot that bounced off the crossbar and the post midway through.
Henrique quits Nashville Game due to Injury
Adam Henrique’s 2020-21 season was a rollercoaster ride. He was placed on waivers and cleared waivers. He finished the season second in goals scored. This season, he began the season on a line with Zegras and Milano, but the chemistry he developed once being placed on a line with Troy Terry and Ryan Getzlaf has turned that line into the Ducks’ most dangerous trio.
Henrique currently is second on the team with six goals and third on points (15). He sustained an upper-body injury in the match against the Predators. Returned to the game if deemed in questionHe did not return. A prolonged absence would be devastating for the Ducks as he is an important player at both ends of ice.
Terry’s Point Streak Snapped at 16
It had to happen eventually, didn’t it? Troy Terry lost his 16-game point streak on Monday night. The Predators were able to neutralize Getzlaf and Terry, thanks to the efforts of Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and the rest of the Predators’ defense. Terry was able to be kept away from high-danger areas because the Preds were able reduce the chances of the Ducks rushing.
The point streak is over but Terry’s performance over the course gave the Ducks a huge boost. It also gave Terry a huge boost of confidence to start the season. His good form will help the Ducks stay at the top.
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The Ducks have struggled in the last two games. They lost their eight-game winning streak against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night and now have lost two consecutive games to the Predators. Although the Ducks have performed well to this point they were not able to overcome back-toback matches against potential playoff contenders. They’ll face another likely playoff contender in the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night in Denver.
Derek is a hockey fan since 10 years, and a sports enthusiast in general for over two decades.
He graduated from UCCS in Colorado Springs, CO in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Communication and spent the last several years as part of UCCS’ on-campus student newspaper staff–both as a reporter and editor. He now creates Ducks-related content at his Southern California home.