2013 Ducks Report Card: Daniel Winnik

Mike Ridewood

Veteran presence, occasional offensive juggernaut, and a worthwhile signing.

Player Name/position: Daniel Winnik, LW

Overall Grade: B

Contract Status: 2 years, $3,600,000. Winnik made $1,800,000 during the 2013 season, with a cap hit of $1,800,000. He will become a UFA at the end of the 2013-14 season.

2013 Stats: 48 GP, 6 G, 19 A, 16 PIM, plus-13

Playoff Stats: 7 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 7 PIM, minus-4.

Offense: Winnik began the season as an offensive juggernaut, and spent some time among the league's leaders in goals and points. Five of his six goals were scored in his first four games as a Duck, eclipsing his total from 21 games as a Shark last year (3). Although heavily skewed by his unbelievable start, his .39 points per game beat his previous career best of .33 set in his rookie season of 2007-08 with Phoenix. He eventually came back down to earth (as everyone expected), but it was fun while it lasted. Even after his scoring cooled off, Winnik still provided some very effective sandpaper out on the ice.

Defense: This is the real reason why Bob Murray acquired him during the 2012 offseason. In the regular season he trailed only Francois Beauchemin in shorthanded TOI per game (2:32). The beauty of Winnik on the PK doesn't just end at clearing the zone, it's really all about his ability to skate it out and maintain possession in the offensive zone. Though he only scored one assist in seven playoff games, he (along with Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu) were very effective in shutting down Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk early in the series against Detroit.

Highlight of the Season: Enjoy this video of Winnik scoring against Vancouver in his Anaheim debut.

Expectations for Next Year: At 28, Winnik has hit his ceiling, and we can't rely on him as a consistent offensive presence. Yet, he is a gritty, veteran defensive presence who is capable of being matched up against the opposition's best offensive players. If we can sign him for a reasonable amount after his current contract expires, I'd like to see him stick around.

Latest News

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Anaheim Calling

You must be a member of Anaheim Calling to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Anaheim Calling. You should read them.

Join Anaheim Calling

You must be a member of Anaheim Calling to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Anaheim Calling. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.