As a part of Crimespree Hockey’s 2011-2012 season preview, all 30 teams will be previewed, and today, Cujo looks at The Anaheim Ducks.
Review of 2010-2011: 47–30–5, 99 Points, 4th In Western Conference, Lost In Western Conference Quarter-Finals 4-2 Vs. Nashville
Key additions via free agency: Mark Bell, Matt Smaby, Jeff Deslauriers, Brian McGratton, Jean-Francois Jacques
Key additions via trade: Mathieu Carle, Kurtis Foster, Andrew Cogliano
Key Losses: Teemu Selanne? , Ray Emery, Brad Winchester, Jarkko Ruutu, Andreas Lilja, Josh Green, Kyle Chipchura, Mark Mitera, Andy Sutton
The big question this offseason is Teemu Selanne, will he come back? Without him, The Ducks would be losing a 80 point player. By the sounds of recent reports, Selanne will be back in Anaheim this year. I think this year will be the year we see some 3rd and 4th line changes. Some will stay, like George Parros (who is usually good for a moustache and 4-5 points a year), but we could see a few switchups on those two lines, there are a few players who need to show a little more on the ice. Easily the strongest position Anaheim holds is at center. with a top 3 of Getzlaf, Koivu, and the newly acquired Cogliano, they should be quite dangerous in the faceoff dot. Lines 3 and 4 are what make me nervous about Anaheim, they need some guys with a little more experience, other than Brandon McMillan and George Parros (who pretty much have given spots), the lines aren’t really that good. Palmieri, Belesky, and Bonino need to show up and prove they are NHL worthy, or they could see more AHL time than NHL time.