The Ducks started training camp with some bad news as 23-year-old forward Kyle Palmieri has suffered a high ankle sprain. Anaheim hopes he’ll be able to play in its final preseason contest on Oct. 4, but high ankle sprains can be difficult to come back from.
Palmieri started a three-year, $4.4 million contract last season and went on to record 14 goals and 31 points in 71 games. He logged just 11:56 minutes per game, but that included an average of 1:17 power-play minutes.
The Ducks also announced that Shea Theodore has an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow and will consequently be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks. He was hurt during Sunday’s rookie game.
The 19-year-old defenseman was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He wasn’t expected to make the team’s opening game roster, but this still denies him the opportunity to play alongside the Ducks during the preseason.