Ryan Lasch took a different path in his journey to reach the National Hockey League and his experiences playing in Sweden and Finland made him a go-to guy at the Ducks’ conditioning camp last month for some of club’s prospects.

“I was with Sami Vatanen for that week,” Lasch said. “He and I got along great because we played in the same league. We have the same mutual friends so we instantly clicked. And then, of course, all the Swedish guys. I played with Tim Heed with Sodertalje and it was just like an instant connection.

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