2014 – 2015 Team Preview: Anaheim Ducks

Updated: January 11, 2018 at 3:49 am by Nation World HQ

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After being bounced in game
seven of the second round by Los Angeles last
season, the Anaheim Ducks beefed up their 2014 – 2015 roster by
adding 
Ryan Kesler via trade from Vancouver

The
Ducks didn’t give up much for Kesler either. They traded 
Nick Bonino, who played on their third line most
of last season and 
Luca Sbisa who has yet to live up to his
full potential. Adding Kesler gives them a bonafide one-two punch down the
middle with
 Ryan Getzlaf, who is entering his 10th NHL season.

ADDITIONS

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Anaheim finished first in the
Western Conference last season, just one-point away from the Bruins for the
President’s Trophy. In addition to Kesler, the Ducks took a flier on former
two-time 50-goal scorer Dany Heatley, signing
him to a one-year, $1 million contract. They also signed 
Clayton Stoner, 29, who
joins a young blue line who has three regulars under 24-years-old (
Sami Vatanen, 23 / Cam Fowler, 22 / Hampus Lindholm, 20).


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They have a lot of fire power
up front, but for the first time in nine seasons they will not have Teemu Selanne, who retired this offseason. Getzlaf, and 
Corey Perry finished second and fifth in NHL
scoring last season. Getzlaf had 87 points and was fifth in assists with 56,
while Perry racked up 82 points and was second in scoring with 43 goals. It is
safe to assume each of them to play at a point-per-game pace in 2014-15.

Player

Team

Pos

GP

G

A

P

+/-

1

Sidney Crosby

PIT

C

80

36

68

104

18

2

Ryan Getzlaf

ANA

C

77

31

56

87

28

3

Claude Giroux

PHI

C

82

28

58

86

7

4

Tyler Seguin

DAL

C

80

37

47

84

16

5

Corey Perry

ANA

R

81

43

39

82

32

                                         *Stats
via NHL.com

Getzlaf and Perry also
finished 1-2 in the league in points per 60 minutes played in 2013 – 2014.

Player

Pos.

Team(s)

GP

G/60

A/60

P/60

1

Ryan Getzlaf

C

Ducks

77

1.25

1.87

3.12

2

Corey Perry

R

Ducks

81

1.58

1.39

2.97

3

Taylor Hall

L

Oilers

75

0.95

1.95

2.9

4

Jamie Benn

L

Stars

81

1.35

1.5

2.85

5

Tyler Seguin

C

Stars

80

1.19

1.54

2.73

                                     *Stats
via extraskater.com

GOALTENDING DEPARTURE

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The Ducks let Jonas Hiller
walk in free agency in July and enter the season with an extremely young, but
capable goaltending duo. 
Frederik Andersen, 24, was
20-5-0 with a 2.29 GAA and .923 SV% in his rookie season. 
John Gibson, 20, won all three of his regular
season starts with a 1.33 GAA and .954 SV%. He also made four postseason
starts, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.69 GAA and .919 SV%. Should either of the
young netminders falter, they picked-up veteran Jason LaBarbera to
fill-in.

 Click HERE for the entire Ducks roster and salary cap situation.

 Click HERE for the Ducks potential line
combinations heading into the 2014-15 season provided by Dailyfaceoff.com. 

Season prediction: Ducks
finish second in the Pacific, behind Los Angeles, but reach the 100-point
plateau once again.