His first goal in the NHL came after 93 games spread among five teams over five seasons. The next one arrived just over 43 minutes of action later. And that breakthrough game against Montreal in itself is a feel-good moment for Derek Grant, who’s often tried to stick in the league and is doing so right now for the Ducks. But there’s been more. Much more. Grant’s first month has seen him make the club out of training camp, play in all 14 games at center from the second to the fourth lines and already surpass a point total that took him 86 games to compile. So how does one process this burst of productivity? Or maybe it is best not to. “Obviously, I was always an offensive guy,” said Grant, who signed with the Ducks over the summer. “And through juniors and college, same thing. My first couple of years pro, I had to learn the defensive side of the game. And then obviously my last couple of years in the minors, I’m able to find my game offensively again. “Watching me, I’m not doing anything fancy or anything like that. I’ve been playing with pretty good linemates so that helps a lot. Obviosly Kaser (Ondrej Kase) and Ritcher (Nick Ritchie) are two pretty good players that I’ve played with for a while. “And then (Jakob) Silfverberg, he has the ability to put the puck in the net from anywhere.” The Ducks have been in dire need of centers with Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler sidelined and Rickard Rakell having far more impact on left wing. The situation is the complete opposite of ideal but it has been the big break for Grant, a fourth-round draft pick of Ottawa in 2008.
Derek Grant has been unusually productive for the Ducks this season
Orange County Register | Nov 5