Anaheim Ducks Season Preview History
ANAHEIM DUCKS 2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW:
The 2010-11 season was looking bleak for the Ducks, but when Corey Perry decided to kick it into overdrive, it propelled a ninth-seed to a fourth seed. Perry, who won the Hart Trophy for his efforts, scored an amazing 19 goals in a month that boosted an almost-ran into a playoff contender with home ice in the first round.
Flash-forward four months and Anaheim is looking toward the new season with the same cast of characters, with the major change being a swap in the defensive line. Andy Sutton is now with Edmonton, and in return the Ducks will put Kurtis Foster on the ice. Foster’s a faster-paced defenseman who will be able to move the puck up the ice and better suited for the power play.
However, it will be the cast Anaheim put on the ice last season that it hopes will play like they did leading up to the playoffs. Along with Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan are a lethal trio who score at will and had 58 power-play goals between them. Defensively, the line will depend on Lubomir Visnovsky to advance their pro-scoring agenda (68 points in 81 games) and last year’s amazing rookie story, Cam Fowler. Jonas Hiller will be in front of the net, hoping to continue his stellar play if he continues to stay healthy. If not, look for Dan Ellis to come in as his more than capable back-up.
2010-2011 Anaheim Ducks NHL Preview:
After they won the Stanley Cup in 2007, the Anaheim Ducks have been making earlier exits each year from the playoffs, culminating in missing the postseason all together last year. Much of the same team will come back from last year, so Ducks fans can expect a possible return to the playoffs assuming the team can stay healthy.
Offensively, while the Ducks may not have a stand out scorer, they have a large collection of reliable forwards that can provide stable scoring. Teemu Selanne, who missed a portion of last season due to injury, will be joined by veteran Saku Koivu on the attack. Along with Selanne and Koivu, Corey Perry will be leading the first line. Perry is the team's leading scorer from last year, when he netted 29 goals and dished out 49 assists.
While the offense may be strong, defensively the Ducks took a big hit with the retirement of Scott Niedermayer. Replacing the veteran will be a difficult task, as he provided a great deal of leadership and stalwart defending, and the onus will fall on Toni Lydman, who was signed in the offseason. Between the pipes, the Ducks will turn to Jonas Hiller, who has proven himself to be a reliable option in goal.
2009-2010 Anaheim Ducks NHL Preview:
The Anaheim Ducks head into the 2009-2010 NHL season looking to take the next step. The Ducks finished 2nd in their Division and made the playoffs last season, but eventually lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Ducks are led by Head Coach Randy Carlyle and team captain Scott Niedermayer. If those two can get Anaheim playing up to their potential, then the Honda Center should be rocking as the Ducks head into the 2010 NHL playoffs.