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Thoughts on the team as it stands

Created by: Salzy
Initial Creation Date: Jul 23, 2019
Published: Jul 23, 2019 at 11:16 am
Team: 2019-20 Anaheim Ducks
Team Explanation
I realize these lines might not be how it shapes up but I just put them for the sake of the discussion

Forward group:
Line 1 - I would keep Getz and Rakell together I like adding Terry to those two as it would give Terry important ice time with our two best offensive players (my opinion) and would give him two great mentors as I can see him slotting in as a first liner for us for a long time. Getz and Rakell will hopefully be able to shake the injury bug this season and get a full season in. Im expecting Rakell to get back to 25-30 goals and hopefully around 70 points (might be a stretch). Getz in a full season is still good for 55-60 points hopefully they can help get Terry established and maybe see 40-50 out of him

Line 2 - I put Ritchie here because he played his best Hockey with Rico and Kase last year, If he gets off to a good start he could be a prime TDL candidate, or even prove why we spent a top 10 pick on him and keep him around. I feel like Rico is going to bounce around the lineup a lot this season I would start him at the 2C spot though as it gives out top 6 a more stable presence (I'll get into Steel later) but I can see Rico at 2C, 3C, 2/3LW too. Kase is the most interesting non-rookie on the roster to me. I think he's poised for a breakout season IF he can stay healthy. I'd put his over under for points/goals at 50/22. I can see him bouncing up to 1RW if Terry has extended issues.

Line 3 - I feel like Steel could end up paying a 1A/B centre role by seasons end. I would start him on line 3 to let him adjust to the NHL game and as he improves and adjusts slide him up the lineup I like starting him with Silf as it gives him a reliable LW that will make the transition easier. I put Sprong on his RW to give him a skill player that will hopefully help him have a breakout as well. Eventually I can see Steel and Silf jumping up to Line 2 with Kase and have Rico/Ritchie bump down to line 3 with Sprong.

Line 4 - Not much to say here I would be against bringing up any prospects for 4th line minutes.

Defense Group:

Top 3 - I feel like Lindholm and Manson should be our #1 pair. I'm curious to see if Eakins can help flush out Lindholms Offensive game, I know he wasn't a fan of Carlyles system lets hope a new one can make him a 40 point guy. I would put Fowler on the second pair since he can play either side and depending how the bottom 3 D spots fill out that could be needed.

Bottom 4 - Between Hakanpaa, Del Zotto, Holzer and Wideman I feel like there are 2/3 spots open. One as the 7th Dman, because I can't see one of our young guys being a healthy scratch over getting top pair minutes in SD. If 3 make the roster I see it playing out how I have it below but I feel like this can change if Eakins wants a younger group.
Between Guhle, Larsson, and Mahura I see anywhere from one of them making it to all three depending how Eakins wants to play it. I wouldnt be against sending anyone of them down to SD and getting top pair minutes. I can also see all of them making the Ducks and getting that NHL experience but I only see room for 1/2 as they are all LD unless one of them can play the right side at the NHL level.

Goalies:
I feel like we have one of the best duos in the league, not much to discuss here

Rookies/Fringe players (IR)
I put these players here because I can see anyone of them making the roster or at least an appearance this season but I think the forwards are better off in SD (already touched on the Dmen)

In conclusion:
Highside I see this team being 3rd in the Pacific. The D corps as it stands is not good enough to compete with Calgary, Vegas, San Jose. (my top 3 in the division) with Arizona being a huge ?
Lowside I see this team being in the absolute basement of the west if the goals don't come again.
My realistic projection is a playoff bubble team, I see them placing anywhere from the 8 seed to the 12 seed (EDM, MIN, LA below them). If I had to say for sure right now I'd say we miss playoffs. I just don't see our D corps as a playoff teams right now, and our Offense needs huge bounce back years from Rakell and Getz, and a few breakout years to be competitive (to be fair I think its doable) but I see this team on the outside looking in playoffs wise, though I'm hopeful they can make some noise
Buyouts
  • Corey Perry: $2,625,000
  • Simon Despres: $0
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2021
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Rakell, Rickard
$3,789,444
C, RW, LW
UFA - 3
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Getzlaf, Ryan
$8,250,000
C
NMC
UFA - 2
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Terry, Troy
$925,000
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Ritchie, Nick
$1,498,925
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Henrique, Adam
$5,825,000
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Kase, Ondrej
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Silfverberg, Jakob
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Steel, Sam
$863,333
C
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Sprong, Daniel
$750,000
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Shore, Devin
$2,300,000
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Rowney, Carter
$1,133,333
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Grant, Derek
$700,000
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Lindholm, Hampus
$5,205,556
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Manson, Josh
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Gibson, John
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G
UFA - 8
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Fowler, Cam
$6,500,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 7
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Hakanpää, Jani
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D
UFA - 1
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Miller, Ryan
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G
NTC
UFA - 1
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Guhle, Brendan
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LD
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Holzer, Korbinian
$850,000
RD
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ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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Stolarz, Anthony
$750,000
G
UFA - 2
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Comtois, Maxime
$820,000
C, LW
RFA - 2
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Kesler, Ryan
$6,875,000
C, RW
NMC
UFA - 3
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Deslauriers, Nicolas
$950,000
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UFA - 1
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Lundeström, Isac
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 2
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Eaves, Patrick
$3,150,000
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UFA - 1
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Del Zotto, Michael
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LD
UFA - 1
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Sherwood, Kiefer
$925,000
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Jones, Max
$863,333
LW
RFA - 2
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Larsson, Jacob
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Mahura, Josh
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Wideman, Chris
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RD
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Jul 23, 2019 at 11:17
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Blazekick
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Edited Jul 23, 2019 at 11:37
We'll go as far as Gibson will take us
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Jul 23, 2019 at 11:19
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Quoting: Fel93
We'll go as far as Gibson will take us


Yeah he'll have to carry the team, but if the goals don't come again he can stand on his head all season and it won't matter
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Jul 23, 2019 at 11:27
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Blazekick
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Quoting: Salzy
Yeah he'll have to carry the team, but if the goals don't come again he can stand on his head all season and it won't matter


I think the team will retool a bit for two or three years. Make the best out of the opportunities in the trade market and stay away from Free Agency, give young guys time to develop, play who's ready and fill the rest with some veteran guys on one year deals while fixing the mistakes Murray made in the last few seasons to stay competitive at all costs (trading Theodore in the expansion draft, new contracts for Eaves, Silfverberg, Henrique) is now the best things you can do.
Obviously all of this will be pointless if they don't draft well, but they've always been reliable on that, I think the Ducks will be back on track
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Jul 23, 2019 at 11:28
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I think Fowler will play 2RD and (hopefully) 2 of the kids are ready to play 2 and 3 LD, send the third to SD, have Hakanpaa as 3RD, and have Del Zaster and Holzer fighting for the healthy scratch spot, even though I don't think they'd get many games bc I'd there's an injury to the top 6, the third if the kids is ideally the first call up and gets into the games over the HSv on the 23 man (ideally) and I agree with the forwards for the most part, but I could see Henrique being traded by the end of the year if Lundestrom is ready and steel is ready for top 6 mins, and imo Kase is one of the 5-10 most underrated players in the league, I'd definitely choose over on your over/under predictions, I could see close to 70 points with a competent coach and a healthy season
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Jul 23, 2019 at 11:28
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I'm with you on the bottom line (bubble team and we need the kids to produce). I like the idea of playing one rookie on each line and would go Rakell-Getzlaf-Terry, Comtois-Henrique-Kase, Ritchie-Steel-Silfverberg, and Shore-Rowney-Sprong. I still think Murray needs to add a good RD.
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Jul 23, 2019 at 11:31
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Quoting: Fel93
I think the team will retool a bit for two or three years. Get the young guys time to develop, play who's ready and fill the rest with some veteran guys on one year deals while fixing the mistakes Murray made in the last few seasons to stay competitive at all costs (trading Theodore in the expansion draft, new contracts for Eaves, Silfverberg, Henrique), make the best out of the opportunities in the trade market and stay away from Free Agency is now the best things you can do.
Obviously all of this will be pointless if they don't draft well, but they always been reliable on that, I think the Ducks will be back on track


100% agree, Don't rush things, keep drafting like they have and slowly build this team back up again , No need to go after big ticket FAs for at least 2-3 years, make smart trades if needed and keep drafting and developing. I see a minor rebuild/retool give it 3 years and see what we have then, trying to compete with the roster how it is would be misguided, if you do compete great but don't mortgage the future to do it
Jul 23, 2019 at 11:39
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Quoting: AFOX10900
I think Fowler will play 2RD and (hopefully) 2 of the kids are ready to play 2 and 3 LD, send the third to SD, have Hakanpaa as 3RD, and have Del Zaster and Holzer fighting for the healthy scratch spot, even though I don't think they'd get many games bc I'd there's an injury to the top 6, the third if the kids is ideally the first call up and gets into the games over the HSv on the 23 man (ideally) and I agree with the forwards for the most part, but I could see Henrique being traded by the end of the year if Lundestrom is ready and steel is ready for top 6 mins, and imo Kase is one of the 5-10 most underrated players in the league, I'd definitely choose over on your over/under predictions, I could see close to 70 points with a competent coach and a healthy season


Yeah that would for sure be the ideal scenario, I would love it if 2 of the kids are ready but I don't want to rush them, we have no reason to, I'm curious to see Hakanpaa's game and what he brings, Holzer DZ and Wideman are mediocre depth and can stop gap if needed. Agreed on Rico the flexibility we have with him makes GMBM and Eakins life alot easier imo. Agree on Kase as well I went conservative with my projections so I don't get my own hopes up ahah.

Quoting: OldNYIfan
I'm with you on the bottom line (bubble team and we need the kids to produce). I like the idea of playing one rookie on each line and would go Rakell-Getzlaf-Terry, Comtois-Henrique-Kase, Ritchie-Steel-Silfverberg, and Shore-Rowney-Sprong. I still think Murray needs to add a good RD.


Yeah I think Splitting the Vets and rookies up is the way to go, I wasn't sure about Comtois,He was great in his stint last year but I wouldn't be against a full season in SD for him, Let him develop we don't need him up this season if he isn't ready (I'm buying a jersey if he is up all year just don't want to rush him) Adding a good RD would be nice but isn't needed unless its a low risk move Fowler can play RD and then Hakanpaa/Wideman/Holzer can play bottom 6 minutes for us, We likely aren't going to compete anyways
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