With great loss comes great opportunity, if someone is there to capitalize.
And luckily for the
With top centers
It has been a struggle for Grant, a Michigan State product, to stay in an
The Canadian signed a one-year, $650,000 contract to join the Ducks this summer, hardly a deal designed for a top-line center. But Grant earned the spot, at least in the interim, with his responsible defensive play, as well as his offensive output (three goals, nine points in 17 games).
Two of the team's best scoring chances in Sunday’s defeat to the
He finished neither of those plays, but to be in this position seemed like a pipedream just a few months ago.
"Obviously when you're 27 years old and still unable to fully crack a lineup, those [doubts] always come into your head a little bit," Grant said following Tuesday's practice.
"But there's opportunities everywhere; there's injuries everywhere and coming here, there were a couple holes at center, especially to start the year … and I was able to come in and show what I can do."
The 6-foot-3 center was drafted in the fourth round by the
Now, he's skating between
Once Getzlaf and Kesler are back in the fold, Grant surely will be relegated to a less important role, but in Ducks coach
Winger Ondrej Kase has been missing from the lineup since he suffered a head injury against the Kings last week. He didn’t skate Tuesday, and is ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the
No. 2 goalie
The coach is hopeful top-pair defenseman
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
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Update: The Ducks aren’t the only squad strained by a slew of injuries. Boston enters the contest without top-line wingers