Western Conference preview: Anaheim Ducks

Western Conference preview: Anaheim Ducks
August 6, 2013, 2:00 pm
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ANAHEIM DUCKS 2011-12

Record: 30-12-6, 66 points

Where they finished: 1st in the Pacific; 2nd in the West; 3rd in NHL

Coach: Bruce Boudreau (3rd season)

Key additions: LW Dustin Penner

Key departures: RW Teemu Selanne, RW Bobby Ryan, D Toni Lydman

Projected lineup

Forwards

Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri

Daniel Winnik – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano

Matt Beleskey – Richard Rakell – Emerson Etem

Defensemen

Francois Beauchemin – Sheldon Souray

Cam Fowler – Luca Sbisa

Bryan Allen – Sami Vatanen Ben Lovejoy

Goaltenders

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Our take: The surprise of the Western Conference last season. Old friend Bruce Boudreau took the Ducks from out of the playoffs in his first season with the team to the third-best record in the NHL. But up 2-1 and 3-2 in a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim couldn’t close it out and lost in seven games. The biggest offseason move was finally trading disgruntled winger Bobby Ryan to Ottawa for Jakob Silfverberg, himself a promising winger with 10 goals as a rookie last season, Stefan Noesen, a top junior prospect, and a first-round pick. It was a nice return, though one that might have negative short-term consequences. Ryan, after all, has topped 30 goals four times by age 26. Otherwise the Ducks stood pat while they wait on a final retirement decision from star winger Teemu Selanne. In a surprise, veteran defenseman Toni Lydman has reportedly rebuffed an offer from the team and is near a decision to retire.

Offseason Grade: C

Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: Yes