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Ducks rookies Jacob Larsson, Marcus Pettersson eager to battle for roster spot

Ducks rookies Jacob Larsson, Marcus Pettersson eager to battle for roster spot
Published On: Fri, Sep 07
Mar 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) battle for the puck in front of Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Job openings would seem to be scarce when the Ducks open training camp Friday. Their depth chart appears loaded with grizzled veterans who staked their claims on roles many years ago and also with promising young players who made their giant career leaps more recently.A 

There might be a forward spot or two available, but perhaps not.

There also could be one position open in the defense corps.A 

The net is locked up solid, though.A 

So what is a rookie to do?A 

Defensemen Jacob Larsson and Marcus Pettersson believe they have what it takes to secure a spot in the opening-night lineup Oct. 3. They said Friday they each have the skills and smarts to challenge for a position, knock a veteran out of the way and play a regular shift with the Ducks.

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