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  1. Maybe if Ritchie plays on a line with a passer like Getzlaf all season, and a talented winger like Terry, he will finally reach his full potential. No offense to Henrique, but he's no passer like Getzlaf. Some might even say Henrique shoots the puck as much as he passes it. No wonder Ritchie wasn't scoring more goals. Maybe he finally will, on a like with Getzlaf.
  2. If our coaches want to go with veteran forwards, we have plenty to choose from: 1) Getzlaf 2) Rakell 3) Kase 4) Silfverberg 5) Henrique 6) Ritchie 7) Shore 8)Grant 9) Rowney 10) Sprong The last 3 are all iffy to make the team. But all have more NHL experience than many of our rookies. I think players listed 1-7 are all locks to make our team. That leaves 5 forward spots up for grabs. Should be fun to see who comes to training camp ready to earn an NHL spot!
  3. I guess we shall see how our team responds in the new system our coach implements. Hopefully you are pleasantly surprised at how well our team does, and how many of our younger players see their potential realized this season. We shall see...
  4. Fair points. I guess I just feel that if they can stay healthy, Fowler, Lindholm, and Manson make a great core for our defense. And they are all above average. Any team in the league would definitely love to have any of those 3 players, and would make room for them to play in their top 4. That leaves 3 spots on defense. I am hopeful that MDZ is going to have a rebound year. I also am very hopeful that the Finnish defenseman Jani Hakanpaa is so good that we'll wish he had signed a 3 year contract instead of a 1-year. Hakanpaa is 6'5" and according to Hockey's Future, he can "throw his body with the best of them." Says he plays a sound defensive game, and plays a very gritty and hard-nosed style of play. We already have a player that plays this style, in Manson. To add another, who skates well for a big player, could be what our team needs. Shoots right also. Just imagine he ends up being somebody who can be paired with Fowler. Could be a great combo. Another cool thing? He led the Finnish Elite League in plus/minus the past TWO seasons. He also helped his team, Oulun Karpat, win the Finnish Elite League championship, and scored 11 goals last year. Those 11 goals ranked second among league defenseman. So, he has offensive potential as well. He also just helped Finland's national hockey team win gold-the World Championship Title-at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. To put it in perspective, winning hockeys World Championship is like winning the Stanley Cup for many countries. And the team their team beat was Team Canada. So, we know he can play against NHL players. Team Canada was filled with them: He won TWO championships last year: One with Outun Karpat, in the Finnish Elite League, and the other with Team Finland, in the Hockey World Championship. He is a winner. He is sound defensively. Has ability to score goals, when need be. Can check and play a gritty game, like Manson. He could end up being a steal of a signing, and somebody who may be difficult to re-sign next offseason. Plus, he is only 27 years old-same age as Fowler and Manson. I know players signed from overseas don't always make the easiest transition to the NHL. I just have a feeling he can be a big part of our defense next season. Of course, there are no guarantees. I also believe we have tons of other talented defenseman ready to take the next step. Larsson. Guhle. Mahura. Larsson already played decent in some games for us last season, paired with Fowler. He played his best earlier in the season, IMO, when paired with Lindholm. If Hakanpaa doesn't work out with Fowler, Larsson can always be paired with Lindholm, and Manson can be paired with Fowler. And that would be an above average defense, if you ask me. We'll see what happens. With that said, I would not be surprised to see GMBM make another move on defense. We shall see...
  5. I think we have the talent to make the playoffs next season. Our defense will be above average. And our goalie is one of the top 7 goalies in the league. Possibly top 5. That combination alone gives us a chance. We also have some very skilled forwards. I think we have more than 1 bonafide star as well in our forward group, besides Getzlaf. Let's remember Ricard Rakell was an NHL all-star the season before last. We also have Kase, who can be as good as Rakell, IMO. Jones looked like a beast at times last year. Eaves might be back. Steel played like a number one center to finish last season. Terry has the skill to be great in the modern NHL. Comtois has star-potential. Henrique also has the ability to play anywhere in the lineup. Oh, and that Silfverberg player isn't bad either. And we have a coach that might just thrive in the modern NHL as well. Should be a fun season, and one that hopefully ends with the playoffs. Let's go Ducks!
  6. Very cool. I wonder what it will be like once Perry and Getzlaf go against each other. I am REALLY hoping they don't end up in a fight. That sometimes happens with former teammates/great friends. Try to prove they are better than the other. Let's hope things remain civil between them.
  7. Can you believe Getzlaf is the last player remaining from our 2007 Championship team? Hoping he gets to hoist the Cup at least one more time before retiring. Let's Go Ducks!
  8. Put Nick Ritchie on a line with Steel and Rakell, and he will produce. However, like you mention, we have a lot of other players in the system. Hopefully Ritchie comes to camp ready to prove to everybody the type of player he can be. Having Ritchie on a line with Steel and Rakell could allow us to move Silfverberg to a line with Comtois and Getzlaf. Maybe have another line with Jones, Henrique, and Terry. Fourth line up for grabs. Should be a fun training camp to keep track of.
  9. Eaves did have good chemistry on a line with Getzlaf and Rakell a few years ago, on our top line. If he can come back and give us a great year on a line with Getzlaf and a player like Comtois, that will be great as we transition to a team with a younger core of forwards.
  10. Lundestrom would actually be great in the lineup also. Too bad one of our young players is going to be on the outside looking in. Guess we'll see how they play in Training Camp, and see who earns a roster spot. Also, I think you could be right that we might be able to get Phaneuf at the price range you mentioned above. That could end up being a steal, considering that Dion has never really had many down years, with the exception of last year. Not sure I would count that though since mostly everybody on the Kings had bad years last year.
  11. I think you're right that Ducks will likely bring in another NHL D-man. Would not be surprised if it is Dion Phaneuf. He will likely come cheap, and be out to prove he is still an elite defenseman. He can still check with the best of them. I wouldn't mind seeing him on a pairing with Fowler. I always thought if we got Phaneuf in the past that a pairing with Fowler would be sort of be like a poor-man's pairing that existed when Niedermeyer was with Stephens. Manson is great with Lindholm, and provides some edge on that pairing, along with being able to bring some offense. And Phaneuf would definitely bring some edge on the Fowler pairing. Maybe players wouldn't take as many runs at Fowler if they know Phaneuf is on the ice. Also, Phaneuf scored 20 goals his rookie year. So, he can chip in with a goal or two when we need him to. One more thing--his wife is an actress that has been in some pretty well-known things. I'm guessing she'd love to stay near Hollywood. It just makes too much sense not to sign him. We shall see if I am right. Let's go Ducks!
  12. What do y'all think of these lines? -Comtois -Getzlaf -Kase -Rakell -Steel -Silfverberg -Jones -Henrique -Terry -Ritchie -Shore -Sprong -Lindholm -Manson -Fowler -Hakanpaa -Guhle -Larsson -Gibson -Miller
  13. According to multiple sources, Ducks have signed Andrew Poturalski! That's right! Andrew Poturalski! LOL. Don't worry. I never heard of him before today either. However, seems like a decent signing. To start, he was named the MVP of the AHL playoffs last month! He led the Calder Cup champion Charlotte Checkers, with 12 goals and 23 points in the playoffs. He also had 70 points in 72 games played in the regular season, including 23 goals. Great numbers! To put that into perspective, he outproduced any of our young prospects who played with San Diego this season. Plus, he is young like them-at only 25 years old. Might end up being a steal of a signing. Hopefully. Hockey's Future says he has good speed and awareness, with excellent offensive ability. Sounds like the perfect type of player for the new NHL. We have open roster spots, and it looks like he can play both center and wing. Would not be surprised to see him snatch a roster spot. At the very least, he is competition in camp to give extra motivation to our current prospects. And who knows. Maybe Dallas Eakins recommended the signing. Maybe a future winger for Getzlaf, on the second/third line? Yes, I know. I know. There are many examples that can be given of career minor league players who do great in the minor leagues but never produce in the major leagues. Hopefully Poturalski is different. Let's keep in mind that Chris Kunitz did not get his first NHL goal until the age of 26! Poturalski is a year younger. Like Kunitz, he was undrafted as well. Maybe he just needed a few years in the AHL to further develop his game. Looking forward to camp and seeing if Poturalski, along with some of our other young prospects, are ready to take the next step. At the very least, he'll be a great player to have in San Diego. By the way, besides being an AHL star, he was a Hobey Baker finalist while playing college hockey at the University of New Hampshire. He was a sophomore that season, and was the Hockey East scoring champion that year, finishing with 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists). That was second in the country in scoring. So, he was an offensive star in college. He has been an offensive star in the AHL. Hopefully he can now be a decent player for the Anaheim Ducks. We shall see. Nice signing, Bob. Let's Go Ducks!
  14. I read that his role can be described as that of an enforcer/grinder. Maybe one thing BM noticed while on the bench is that we don't really have a player who can stand up for his teammates. I know enforcers are almost extinct in the NHL. However, Nicolas seems to be known for his skating ability and was known for his creativity and puck handling skills in his junior days. Seems like a great fit for our fourth line, in the "NEW NHL." Can stand up for teammates when need be. And has the speed to keep up. Also, he is a converted defenseman. So, he likely is pretty sound defensively. Nice pickup, if you ask me. Will be a good 4th line player, at worst. By the way, he started his career with the Kings, playing his first three years in their system. Will be a nice addition to that rivalry.
  15. I will briefly respond to each of the previous posts. I know we are likely going to have different opinions on these things. My goal is not to begin an argument with all of you. I do not feel we have been arguing, but just sharing our opinions. I'll share my opinion one more time, and then likely just leave this post for others to share their opinions for a while. Gorbachav5: All I have to go on is based on how Perry has played in the past with faster players. Sometimes a player like Perry needs a faster player on his line to be pushed to skate faster. For instance, in world juniors, Perry played on a line with Crosby many years ago. There were many other players faster than Perry. However, Perry could keep up with the pace of Crosby. And he was there for his skill and grit. This is similar to Maroon being put on a line with McDavid, even as the New NHL had already arrived. Maroon did great on a line with McDavid. Surely, there were faster players than Maroon. However, he "just fit." And he was forced to keep up with McDavid's skating. If a player like Perry, Maroon, etc. can "keep up," then they will do just fine--just need to have the skill, speed, and grit a team is looking for. Perry has that. BombaysTripleDeke: I think the Ducks can make the playoffs next season for a couple of reasons. They have an above average defense. They still have veteran players like Getzlaf, Rakell, Silfverberg, and Henrique, that can lead the team on offense. And they will have a cast of very skilled young players around them. Oh, and they have one of top goaltenders in the league, in John Gibson. And the up-tempo system they will be playing will likely be very effective in the NHL. I personally don't think the Blue roster is necessarily more talented than the Ducks. Plus, rumor is that the Ducks might be in on the Duchene sweepstakes. If we get him, our chances of making the playoffs get even better. dtsdlaw: Ritchie, in my opinion, will need to really impress this camp to have a guaranteed spot. Dallas Eakins wants to play a certain style. How effective was Ritchie when he played for him in the AHL? Not sure. However, the other players that have played for Eakins in the AHL have been very successful--and almost took his team to the "AHL Stanley Cup" this past season. Plus, guys like Steel, Terry, Comtois, and Jones are arguably more skilled than Ritchie. I am a Ritchie fan. I just do not think his spot is necessarily guaranteed. Do I think he will make the team? Yes. And I hope this is his breakout year. I just do not think his spot is as set in stone as the other veteran players. As for Kase, I do feel he will likely make the team as well. However, if Sherwood and Lundestrom outplay him in the preseason, what will we do with Comtois, Terry, Steel, and Jones? I honestly cannot see this team starting next season without Comtois, Terry, Steel, and Jones on the roster. And obviously, Getzlaf, Silfverberg, Rakell, and Henrique will all be here. That leaves 4 spots. Sherwood has a similar grit that Perry had. Would not necessarily say grit is part of Kase's game. And if Lundestrom outplays Kase in the preseason, who knows. I am hoping Kase does awesome this year. And if anybody can benefit from more playing time-with Perry not here anymore-it can be Kase. I just feel that--like Ritchie--his spot is not as guaranteed as the other veteran players mentioned. We have some very talented youngsters on the verge of being NHL mainstays. You do make a good point about Silfverberg. I think he can be a great player for us in the playoffs. He has shown that. Has he had the playoff career at this point that Perry has? No. However, I do think he has the potential to be one of our top playoff performers. My point is we cannot have enough players like that. Can Silfverberg be that? Yes. Perry can too. And if Perry is the healthiest he's been in years, how much of his lack of production the last few seasons was because of that bad knee? Guess we'll all find out real soon. And as for Zegras, I'll have to agree with dukitip-he said nothing is set in stone. That quote from Zegras is something i had in mind also when writing my post. Part of the reason why I am not ruling him out of making our team is because of how talented he is. I had seen some thinking Chicago would pick him with their number 3 overall draft pick. Even the number one overall draft pick, Hughes, called Zegras the best playmaker on his team. With that said, I do think it would be better for his development to go spend at least a year playing college hockey. Thanks all, for your feedback. At the end of the day, we are not enemies but all on the same team! I appreciate your opinions, and I hope you can respect mine. Let's all have a great upcoming season! Looking forward to seeing how rookies do at rookie camp, and then seeing who makes the team out of training camp! LET'S GO DUCKS!
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