A game against the
Now, the novelty of playing against his father's former team Friday at
Manson, a 23-year-old rookie defenseman who's played 11
"He's definitely come in and done better than what we thought. His learning curve is a lot faster," Ducks Coach
Boudreau credited some of that to Manson being around his father, Dave Manson, who played from 1986 to 2002, including seven seasons with the Blackhawks. Josh Manson was recalled by the Ducks on their Oct. 28 visit to Chicago but was a healthy scratch.
"Everything could've come full circle — my dad being drafted there, that's where I was born — but it's a good test [Friday], more than it being about that's where my dad played," Manson said. "They have some good players over there.
"Getting settled in here, figuring out what kind of game I can play … now instead of thinking about Chicago, I can think about my game and what I can do to stick around here as long as I can."
Sidelined until Nov. 16 with a high ankle sprain, Ducks forward
"He came to camp with a lot of confidence," Boudreau said. "Knowing that spot on the second line was his.… Every game, he's playing better, his ankle is getting better and he's becoming more familiar with [second-line center]
DUCKS VS. CHICAGO
When: 1 p.m. Friday
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 830.