Monday, September 6, 2010
2010-11 Preview: Anaheim Ducks
2010-11 Prediction 11th Western Conference
The Ducks finished the 2009-10 season in 11th place in the Western Conference with a 39-32-11 record and 89 points. They will have a hard time improving on that record this season with the loss of arguably their best defensemen Scott Niedermayer to retirement. Teemu Selanne will return for one more NHL season and he will add some much needed offense but the Ducks will have a hard time keeping other teams from filling the net behind Jonas Hiller with their sub-par defense. As of today they still have not come to an agreement with F Bobby Ryan who is an RFA. Ryan is a major cog in their offense and is paired on the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Ryan hopes to sign a new contract before camp begins in two weeks. After the top line the forwards consist of Selanne, Jason Blake, Saku Koivu and Joffrey Lupul who bring veteran leadership and tons of experience but they are certainly no longer in their primes. 2010-11 will be another long season for Jonas Hiller and the Ducks.
Player to Watch: D Luca Sbisa