Last season, the Anaheim Ducks missed the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons, finishing 24th in the league and 10 points outside the dance. Their playoff hopes were put in serious jeopardy when they won 2 games over a 21 game span leading to the firing of their head coach, Randy Carlyle. By that point it was too-little, too-late, as the Ducks were never able to turn it back around. With an aging core of veterans it was time for them to begin the youth movement, buying out long-time Duck, Corey Perry, and handing the reins over to their young prospects.
Key additions: Chris Wideman, Michael Del Zotto, Andreas Martinsen, Anthony Stolarz, Nicolas Deslauriers, Dallas Eakins
Key subtractions: Corey Perry
The Ducks are returning one of the worst ranked forward groups in the league but even though their top-6 is ranked in the bottom-5, there are some positive signs. They’ll be counting on their core of young guns, Maxime Comtois, Sam Steel, Troy Terry, and Max Jones to prove they’re ready to be full-time NHL players by adding to the Ducks’ league-worst goals for last season.
On defense, the Ducks will look for Cam Fowler to bounce back after an injury-riddled season. They’ll also be expecting Brendan Guhle to prove that he’s a full-time NHL player. If neither of those things happen, the Ducks defensive core could struggle quite a bit making things difficult for John Gibson.
Speaking of Gibson, he’s the backbone of this team. Gibson made up for a lot of the Ducks deficiencies last year and they’ll need him to be back at the top of his game if they want any chance at cracking the playoffs.
The Point Prediction:
We’re predicting the Ducks continue to fall and end up finishing even further down the rankings than last year. Their young forwards will struggle to make this their team and will leave the Ducks struggling to finish outside of last place with them finishing 25th overall.
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