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Anaheim Ducks year in review


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PRESEASON OUTLOOK

Finished second in the West in the strike shortened season before falling to the Wings in the first round. The Ducks came into the season looking to build upon last years success.

FINAL RECORD

54-20-8 116 points first in the West, 2nd best in the league

STRANGE STAT OF THE YEAR

Ryan Geltzlaf scored 31 goals, but was less than ordinary within his own division. he potted 27 goals in 49 games outside of the division but only 4 goals in 28 games within the division.

HIGH POINT OF THE SEASON

I am going to go back way in the year, on November 10th after defeating the Canucks 3-1 the ducks sat at 15-3-1 as they neared the quarter turn and essentially held on from there all year, winning the division and the Western conference and using the hot start to push them there.

LOW POINT OF THE YEAR

Like a lot of clubs it was the way they lost in the postseason. The Ducks played a wonderful 7 game series against the Kings and lost the final in a blowout, 6-2 in Teemu Selanne's final NHL game.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Corey Perry had 43 goals 82 points. Ryan Getzlaf (31-56--87) is as Hart finalist for the league MVP. Nick Bonino broke through with 22 goals. Same with Andrew Cogliano with 21 goals. Mathieu Perreault (18-25-43) had a solid season. Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm showed signs of being a devastating 1-2 punch on the blue line for a decade. Frederik Andersen was 20-5-0 with a 2.29 .GAA and .923 save pct and along with phenom John Gibson more or less began not so gently showing the incumbent to the door.

WHAT WENT WRONG

It is hard to call the year by Jonas Hiller (29-13-7, 2.48) a disappointment but the two rookies were soooooo much better it wasn't close. He is gone like a cool breeze. Teemu Selanne (9-18-27) took a big slide in his final season. Saku Koivu (11-18-29) never got ot track. Daniel Winnick (6 goals, 78 games) took a big step back. Sheldon Souray missed the entire year with an injury to his wrist. Dustin Penner started fine in his return but then slipped badly and was donated to the Capitals.

MVP

Getzlaf was among the league best and edges out Perry.

UFAs

Teemu Sellane (retired)

Jonas Hiller

Stephane Robidas

Daniel Winnick

OFFSEASON QUESTIONS

Are they just another laid back California club with nice regular seasons and early tee times or can they take the next step? Can the two kids handle the net for a full season? Can they develop a wing to play along the two big boys?

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