The elves excited to have an opportunity with the Anaheim organization

January 14, 2022

By Paige Burnell/SanDiegoGulls.com

There is officially a new kid in the herd.

The San Diego Gulls welcomed Lucas Elvenes to their team on Jan. 11 after the Anaheim Ducks claimed the center off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights. He’s more than ready to start fresh with a team he knows very well professionally and personally.

Originally drafted by Vegas in the fifth round (127th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Elvenes went 2-8=10 points with Henderson Silver Knights, a Gulls rival in the Pacific Division, in 2021-22. He posted 20-62=82 points in 116 American Hockey League games with Henderson and the Chicago Wolves.

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound forward ranked second among AHL rookies in assists (36) and had the fourth-most points (12-36=48) of any skater in first year in 2019-20 with the Wolves, earning him a trip to the AHL All-Star Classic that season.

Additionally, the native of Angelholm, Sweden had 8-28=36 points in 82 games with Rogle of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and before that he represented his country on the international stage at the Championship. 2019 World Junior Championship, 2017 U-18 World Championship and 2016 World U-17 Hockey Championship.

“I was impressed with how he absorbed some of the things I asked for right away,” Gulls head coach Joel Bouchard said. “I think he wanted another chance and he got it with us, so that’s what professional hockey does. The American League, as I’ve said time and time again, guys are coming here and I want them to succeed. »

Elvenes is certainly embarking on a new experience of playing with gulls, doing it with old friends.

“(Gulls goalkeeper) Olle Eriksson Ek is one of my best friends so I’ve known him all my life and every time you see a new Swede you always feel like you’ve known him for always,” Elvenes said. “I know (Gulls defenseman) Kodie Curran from back home when I was playing in the SHL, so I know some of them. I feel like I know everyone right now and I’m talking to everyone, so that feels good.

Between deep-rooted friends and indulging in nascent gaming systems, Elvenes may have just found his nest. All he has to do is keep building it.

“He’s got another chance, so it’s time for him to see if he can evolve and be a better version of himself,” Bouchard said.

Aubrey L. Morgan