There was a definite Swedish undertone to the
Throughout training camp the elephant in their locker room has been the absence of defenseman Hampus Lindholm and center
Coincidentally on Sunday, countryman
Silfverberg’s two goals were the silver lining in a fight-filled 3-2 overtime win against San Jose at
"That's what we struggled with in the beginning of last year," Silfverberg said. "We didn't really get any secondary scoring, and that's [key] for any team, not just us."
Silfverberg hasn't talked to Lindholm or Rakell. Both are believed to be in Sweden, and it's quite certain that Anaheim won't have them to start.
"We miss them," Silfverberg said. "They're two great players. Hopefully they'll be here sooner rather than later."
Larsson and Sorensen have made their case as replacements.
One of the surprises of camp is that Larsson outlasted top Ducks defenseman prospect Shea Theodore. Larsson is baby-faced at 19, but Carlyle cited his puck-moving ability as why he has separated himself to this point. If he makes the team?
“It means a lot,” Larsson said. “I’ve wanted to play in the
Sorensen, born in Denmark but raised in Sweden, has hockey intelligence and plays on a line with
"I mean, they're players I've been playing on video games last year," Sorensen said. "It's fun. They help me a lot. They talk to me all the time. It gives me an energy boost coming in the morning, knowing they've got my back."
Sorensen, 21, was slowed by knee and wrist injuries earlier in his career and he acknowledged that, "I don't think there was a lot of people expecting me to make the team … but I always believed in it."
Sunday was not how Anaheim expected to tune up. Presumed No.1 goalie John Gibson was scratched because of illness, and Kesler was ejected in the first period of a game that had eight fighting majors.
Bernier graded their readiness low, though.
"I think we're still in the learning process," Bernier said. "We're brand new. That's why we have those three days before the season starts. We have to make sure we're sharp in practice and we're sharp on details."