The Norfolk Admirals are the Anaheim Ducks' newest AHL affiliate, and with the lockout costing at least the first half of the NHL regular season, the Admirals have the roster all to themselves with several of Anaheim's top prospects getting plenty of playing time.
Several of these young players will be looking for roster spots during the 2013-2014 training camp, and could see significant playing time if the NHL does manage to save half their season. With the Ducks severely depleted in terms of secondary scoring, the Admirals will be their first line of defense against relying too heavily on their top line.
It's curious that the Ducks were as quiet during free agency as they were, with several retirements looming (including that of right wing Teemu Selanne) and three of their wings leaving via free agency—Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman and George Parros all signed with other teams. The only real response to those vacancies was the signing of Brad Staubitz, who will replace Parros in the role of enforcer.
The most immediate and perhaps only option (unless the Ducks revisit free agency and sign either Jason Arnott or Kristian Huselius) Anaheim has is to dip into their rich pool of prospects and try to develop a couple of them into full-time NHL contributors.
As of now, these are the five most likely candidates.