The Anaheim Ducks are not expected to be a playoff contender or anything like that but they are expected to be entertaining. With some of the young studs that they have in the organization, it shouldn’t be too long before they are legit contenders once again.
One of the players that they are relying on the most to become a star is Leo Carlsson. A lot of people expected Anaheim to take Adam Fantilli with the second overall pick but they passed on him in favor of Carlsson. Honestly, it would be nice to see both of them become superstars.
On Thursday night, Carlsson made his NHL debut. He missed the first two games of the season thanks to a lower-body injury that he was dealing with. The NHL decided to give the Ducks a very hard schedule. Their first three games all came against teams that were in the conference finals last year at a minimum.
Carlsson’s debut came against the Dallas Stars who are one of the best teams in the league once again. Dallas won by a final score of 3-2 but the number two overall pick scored his first career NHL goal. It was a beautiful goal off the rush that was helped by Troy Terry. These two and Zegras form a very good like that can do it all.
The Anaheim Ducks might have something special in Leo Carlsson.
This goal tied the game at two goals apiece but the Stars eventually scored the next one and that would hold as the final score. It was a tough way to lose but they can hang their heads high because of how they play. This has not been easy for them in terms of the schedule and they’ve handled it well.
Carlsson, Terry, and Zegras, if they stay together and healthy, can work to form one of the best lines in the league. They all are supremely skilled and can keep up with the rest of the league right away. It will get even better for them as the season moves along.
Now that Carlsson has his first career goal out of the way, and it came nice and early, he can focus on staying healthy and playing good hockey. He is wildly talented which shows just about every shift he takes. He loves to pass too so expect there to be plenty of assists in his career.
If you get an opportunity to watch Carlsson play with the Ducks, you should take it. He made a statement in his first career game and it is only going to get better from here.