Anaheim Ducks Season Review

Anaheim Ducks Season Review

2018-19 Record (35-37-10) 80 Pts

Season Recap

The Ducks finished sixth in their division this year and had a terrible season, to say the least. Any year that includes firing one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League is a year to be forgotten. Goaltender John Gibson looked to be having a Vézina Trophy contending season near the beginning of the season and it seemed as if the Ducks were going to contend for a playoff spot. However, all good things must come to an end and the rest of the year was atrocious for the Ducks. Most players had an off-year, and that’s what led to a disappointing year for the team in general.

Season MVP – Nobody

I spent hours looking at statistics and rosters, nobody on the Ducks roster had a good year. There was no one worth mentioning as MVP. Although some players had better years than others, no one deserves MVP status for this team.

Most Improved Player – Max Comtois

Max Comtois (Image by Dinur Blum (@rabbi_d) via Flickr)

A few years ago Max Comtois was looked at as a top prospect for the NHL Draft, but his stock dropped drastically and he was selected in the second round. At times I wasn’t even sure if Comtois would ever be an impact player in the NHL. Although he hasn’t completed an entire year in the big leagues, he has risen through the ranks and has gotten drastically better. In fact, he captained Team Canada these past World Juniors. Comtois scored two goals and five assists for seven points in ten games. A small sample size, but he looked amazing out there playing with the Ducks. Although he still has some seasoning to do in the American Hockey League, Comtois has gotten a lot better.

Disappointment – Everyone

It is hard to pinpoint only one disappointment in a down year for the entire team, so I will identify the entire team as one. I am not saying the team is complete garbage, although I am saying every player on the Ducks did not live up to their standards. The good news is, they’ll only get better.

Highlight of the Year

Current Depth Chart

From Capfriendly.com

Top Three Prospects

Trevor Zegras – Zegras was selected 9th overall in the most recent draft. According to Dobber Prospects, he projects to be a future top-six forward in the NHL.

Sam Steel – Selected 30th overall in the 2016 draft, Steel projects to be a top-three center in the NHL.

Max Comtois – Drafted 50th overall in the 2017 Draft, Comtois has gotten a lot better since being drafted and projects to be a top-six forward.

Players Primed For a Breakout Season

Rickard Rakell – Rakell has shown flashes of being an elite player in the NHL, however has never established him as a top player in the NHL. He has to prove himself as an elite player sooner rather than later.

John Gibson – Like Rakell, Gibson has shown flashes of being an elite force in the NHL but has shown inconsistency and has to break out before the Ducks lose faith in him.

Key Additions/Departures

Randy Carlyle – Carlyle was shown the door after his Ducks had a terrible season. It was his second stint with the Ducks.

Dallas Eakins – Eakins replaces Carlyle as the bench boss for the Ducks franchise. This is his second shot as an NHL coach.

Michael Del Zotto – The defenseman played for three different teams last season, one of them being the Ducks. Anaheim traded Del Zotto to the St Louis Blues where he won the Stanley Cup.

Corey Perry – The long time Duck sniper is now a member of the Dallas Stars. After the Ducks bought him out, Perry quickly signed a bonus laden deal with the Stars to attempt to revitalize his career. Still a dangerous offensive player, I have no doubt he probably will.

Trade Bait

Cam Fowler – Fowler has seen his name involved in trade rumors for years now. Can the Ducks find a way to finally trade him?

Offseason Needs

Depth. The Ducks need depth, players who could help provide secondary scoring when the primary scorers do not produce.

Trending Up

The Ducks are trending up. They just had an off year.

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