Huge Lineup Boost Coming For Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks are on a 5-game win streak, a strong start to the season. And now they're about to add their big offseason free agent signing to the lineup for the first time, as Alex Killorn's return appears imminent.

After fracturing a finger in preseason, Killorn was able to ditch the non-contact jersey at Ducks practice today for the first time as a full-on participant. According to beat reporter Derek Lee, Killer just "may" make his Anaheim debut at their next game, which isn't until Sunday. 

“That was my first full practice,” said Killorn. “We’re going to see how it feels tomorrow. I put a lot of pressure on it today—doing battle drills and stuff, something I haven’t done—so we’re going to see how it reacts to that and then we’ll go from there. I like the way it’s been moving.”

The Ducks signed the 34-year-old forward to a 4-year, $25M contract this past summer in free agency ($6.25M AAV), after coming off a career-year with the Tampa Bay Lightning, in which he potted 27 goals, 37 assists and 64 points (all personal bests) along with a plus-18. 

He skated Thursday morning on a line with Mason McTavish and Frank Vatrano. A big boost coming for an already red-hot Ducks team. 

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