Last Season: 44-25-13 101 pts (2nd in Pacific division; lost in Western Conference First Round)
Key Additions: D Luke Schenn, D Andrej Suster, F Carter Rowney, F Brian Gibbons, and G Jared Coreau
Key Departures: RW Jared Boll, F J.T. Brown, D Francois Beauchemin, D Kevin Bieska
Top Questions Facing the Ducks:
- How will Anaheim’s offense fare this season?
While youngsters Rickard Rakell and Ondrej Kase are now showing their potential, on e has to wonder about the veterans on the team. Corey Perry is not producing like he used to, and there is a strong chance that Ryan Kesler may not play at all this season due to his chronic hip issues. For Perry, his goals per season has been declining since he had 34 in 2015-16. If the Ducks are to be successful this season they will need Perry to regain his scoring touch. One must also wonder how Ryan Getzlaf will perform this season. Getzlaf only played 56 games this past season due to a broken orbital bone, but he ended the season strong and if fully healthy could have a good campaign again this season.
2. How will John Gibson improve this season?
For the Ducks, they have the goalie of the future in net with John Gibson, but can he stay healthy in which he had issues with last season despite putting up career highs in games played (60) and wins (31). If Gibson can stay healthy, he can build upon those numbers and prove that the Ducks were justified to put their faith in him being the future. Also Ryan Miller is now 38 years old, and is coming off of offseason wrist surgery, which shouldn’t affect him going into this season. Miller is a solid goaltender is well suited if the Ducks need to go to him in a pinch.