When you’re a Stanley Cup contender, roster spots are hard to come by for young players, even when they are first-round draft picks.
That’s the reality facing 2016 selections Max Jones and Sam Steel, forwards at a second consecutive Ducks training camp who, barring an upset, are probably headed back to their respective junior league squads.
Still, they were battling to stave off a departure from Southern California back to Canada. For Jones, to London of the Ontario Hockey League. For Steel, to Regina of the Western Hockey League.
They made their 2017 preseason debut Wednesday and it was Jones who stood out at Honda Center.
The 19-year-old gave fans a glimpse...