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Expansion Vegas Golden Knights join Pacific Division rivals on Ducks’ exhibition schedule

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By Eric Stephens

The Ducks will play seven games in their 2017 preseason schedule, beginning with a Sept. 19 contest at San Jose against the Sharks.

Four of the seven contests will be at home, including their first match against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Sept. 24 at Honda Center. The Ducks also will host Arizona on Sept. 20 and the Kings on Sept. 22. San Jose comes to Anaheim on Sept. 28.

Two other road contests include a Sept. 25 game against Arizona at Tucson Arena, home of the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate, and the exhibition finale against the Kings on Sept. 30 at Staples Center.

The final order for the NHL draft was also released, with the Ducks not holding a first-round pick after forfeiting that to Dallas as a condition for the acquisition of winger Patrick Eaves.

It moved up from a second-round pick because the Ducks advanced to the Western Conference finals and Eaves, who’s expected to test the free-agent market on July 1, played in more than half of the Ducks’ 17 playoff games.

If they are unable to make a deal to get a first-round selection back, the Ducks will be without one for the first time since 1999. They would use their second-round pick that year on defenseman Jordan Leopold, who would be traded while in college and never played any of his 695 NHL games for the franchise.

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