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Ducks' injuries give Derek Grant an opportunity to get in center of the action

Ducks' injuries give Derek Grant an opportunity to get in center of the action

With great loss comes great opportunity, if someone is there to capitalize.

And luckily for the Ducks, a few players have stepped up, but perhaps none more so than Derek Grant.

With top centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler sidelined, the longtime minor leaguer has unexpectedly found himself playing major minutes.

It has been a struggle for Grant, a Michigan State product, to stay in an NHL lineup for an extended period of time. But there he was playing pivot on the top-scoring line.

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...

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