ANAHEIM — Less than a week remains before their season opener against Arizona and the Ducks are trying to keep as many healthy bodies as they can on the ice before training camp closes down.
Already starting the season with three big names out of their lineup, the Ducks weren’t a whole lot closer toward getting down to their core group in Thursday’s next-to-last exhibition game against San Jose at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t in his usual top-line center spot, while Kevin Bieksa didn’t patrol the blue line and Ryan Miller wasn’t in gear on the bench watching John Gibson in the net against the Sharks. All three are nursing injuries, joining Patrick Eaves on the sidelines. Eaves hasn’t been part of the preseason at all.
It isn’t ideal when it comes to getting an entire roster in sync.
“We knew that there would be injuries through the course of training camp,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “There always is and these muscle pulls and strains that seem to creep in the second and third week are the norm.
“But again, we’re down to short numbers so there’s going to be one or two reassignments along the way here. Depending on how many or how long it is for some injured bodies to come back, which I don’t foresee too long, then we’ll be forced to make some decisions on people again.”
It has allowed for some roster hopefuls to get a long look throughout camp. And they might be needed if any one of the ailing don’t respond as quick as the Ducks hope. Left wing Giovanni Fiore, who led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in goals last season, has been used in a top-six role over the past week.
Jaycob Megna could be part of the defense when next week rolls around. Megna, 24, was in his third exhibition game Thursday and could be closing in on a stay with the Ducks given his effective play in a stay-at-home role. He is also trying not to be preoccupied with the uncertainty of his status.
“You just take one day at a time,” Megna…