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It’s Anaheim Ducks day on PHT

Aug 10, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Anaheim Ducks.

The Anaheim Ducks fell well short of the playoffs in 2011-12 and one of the big questions going into 2013 was if they would move into a full rebuild mode by trading soon-to-be free agents Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Instead they spent $135 million retaining the services of those two star forwards and showed that a rebuild might not be necessary.

Anaheim went from last in the Pacific Division to first with a commanding 30-12-6 record. They were aided by an increase in secondary scoring, thanks in part to 22-year-old Kyle Palmieri taking a step forward and Saku Koivu‘s surprisingly good start to the season.

They also got major offensive contributions from their blueline with newcomer Sheldon Souray recording 17 points and Francois Beauchemin enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.

On top of that, after relying on Jonas Hiller to start in 73 games in 2011-12, goaltender Viktor Fasth turned out to be one of the most surprising success stories of the 2013 campaign. Fasth, who recently turned 31, hadn’t played in a single NHL game before the lockout, but he managed to win his first eight starts and ended up with a 2.18 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Those numbers were superior to Hiller’s, but they still ended up going with their more experienced goaltender in their first-round series against the seventh seed Red Wings. Detroit ultimately proved to be too much for Hiller and the Ducks, who were eliminated in seven games.

Offseason recap

While the Ducks went to great pains to retain the services of Perry and Getzlaf, they ultimately traded their other top forward: Bobby Ryan. The Ottawa Senators, fresh off the loss of Daniel Alfredsson, shipped two promising young forwards in Stefan Noesen and Jakob Silfverberg to Anaheim, along with a 2014 first round pick, in exchange for Ryan.

Beyond that, Anaheim re-signed Ben Lovejoy and Koivu while luring forward Dustin Penner back to the team that he made his NHL debut on.

That’s put the Ducks near the cap, but they’re still open to re-signing 43-year-old forward Teemu Selanne if he wants to extend his NHL career.


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  1. kaptaanamerica - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The ducks did well in the Ryan trade in getting good young assets only works if they develop them properly. Losing Ryan is a big blow but they replaced him with silfverberg and penner.not sure how he’ll work out considering his pancake eating ways.hopefully the guy puts in an honest amount of effort and work.

    I think the ducks stay competitive but will not challenge for the division.i think that will be between the sharks, Canucks, and kings with one of the Canucks or sharks winning the div…

    • areaman714 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Kings can’t score.

      Nucks are the declining Sedin’s and a marginally good Luongo.

      The Sharks, probable for the playoffs then one or two rounds and done.

  2. mrpinkca - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Too many teams in the Pacific are significantly better than the Ducks for this team to be anything more than a team on the wrong side of the playoff bubble.

    Zero depth.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Not a Ducks fan, and I would expe3ct them to make the playofffs. Kings and Sharks are a given, who knows if the coaching change will help tyhe Canucks, what I do know is that their GM has held pat likely too long. Unless you see the Yotes or Oilers getting a spot, I think they have a very good chance of making the playoffs. The bigger question is round 2.

    • theheez - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      The Ducks have a ton of depth and most of it comes from young, cost controlled talent that has been working its way up the system. Their biggest deficiency is defensemen and a quality #2 center. Names you will hear this year and next; Etem, Rakell, Smith-Pelly, Noesen, Maroon, Lindholm, Vatanen. Every one but Lindholm and Noesen have had a taste of the NHL and will be getting some solid looks at camp. Depth, yeah the Ducks have depth.

  3. letsgopens8771 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Happy birthday, obnoxious, funny, comedic, misunderstood blomfeld. Funny that today PHT does a rival of your beloved Kings. Have fun in the “Promised Land.” This comment would not be complete without an Elvis reference.

    • blomfeld - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Letsgopens8771 – Thank you friend and may God speed to you and your Pittsburgh Penguins ! :)

      2013-14 PACIFIC DIVISION “Final Standings” ! … including ‘predicted’ points total

      source: Sports Desk @ The South China Morning Post

      1) LA Kings (129)
      2) Phoenix Coyotes (115)
      3) San Jose Sharks (112)
      4) Anaheim Mighty Ducks (109)
      5) Edmonton Oilers (46)
      6) Calgary Flames (35)
      7) Alexander Ovechkin (29)
      8) Vancouver Canucks (14)

      *** Become an LA King’s fan now !!! … guaranteed ‘good’ times !!! :) :) :) :) :)

      • areaman714 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        LOL. Quick has to pitch about 30 shutouts if the Queens are going anywhere near that result.

      • blomfeld - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        Attention Areaman !

        Good times notwithstanding, there are a couple of facts which you’ve blatantly ignored …

        1) Quickie is not compelled to ‘pitch’ 30 x shutouts … 15 x will do just fine !

        2) Misguided references to the Kings as being ‘Queens’ is consistent with imbecility

        3) ‘Haste & Greed’ were Custer’s biggest errors during his doomed campaign of 1876

        4) Drew Doughty is a ‘modern day’ hybrid of Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey !

        5) Dustin Brown’s captaincy is very Nelsonian, being based on selflessness and sacrifice

        6) Alec Martinez is ‘good people’ and he’ll eventually win the Norris trophy

        7) Jeff Carter tends to light up opponent’s nets like cheap ‘Made in China’ Christmas trees !

  4. bc - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    As a Ducks blogger and fan I can tell you that the team appreciates being under rated. The advanced stat gurus have concluded Ducks were lucky last season. Keep it up.

    GM Bob Murray has assembled a group of forwards that should see 11 guys attaining double digit goal scoring. This assumes Daniel Winnick remains snakebit. These Ducks will be an offensive powerhouse and they don’t need anyone to have a career year to achieve it. Ducks will also get more offense from the backline as Cam Fowler enters his fourth year and second under the direct mentoring of Scot Niedermayer. Sami Vatanen scored two goals in his 8 games last season. The GM has created a spot for him by refusing to add a vet. With Teemu Selanne likely returning we don’t even need Dustin Penner to repeat his 27 goal performance of 2007.

    Backing up all that offense is one of the top goalie tandems in hockey in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth.

    The only two stats you need to know are wins and goal differential. Ducks will win 45+ and outscore their opponents by .5+ goals per game.


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