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2013 Anaheim Ducks’ Season Review

Before we venture into the review section, let us go back to my 2013 Anaheim Ducks’ Season Preview fan post. Follow that link and have a read, along with the comments below it, and then continue on with this post.

2013 Preview: Offense

Subject

Player

Correct Prediction

Comment

Breakout Player

C Peter Holland

Wrong

Holland is a top 6 offensive forward and his overall game limits him to a top 6 forward role. That made him expendable. To wit, he was traded to Toronto for D Jesse Blacker and Toronto’s 2014 second round pick, 38th overall who is D Marcus Pettersson.

Bounce Back Player #1

RW Corey Perry

Correct

Since 2012/13 season was a shortened season, then let us use rankings instead for the whole league.

2012/13: 43rd in points and goal scoring.

2013/14: 5th in points and 2nd in goal scoring.

Bounce Back Player #2

RW Teemu Selanne

Draw

While Teemu didn’t light it up, he was able to be a positive in the Plus/Minus Ratings. In the playoffs, Teemu was more a factor in 2013/14.

2013 Preview: Defense

Subject

Player

Correct Prediction

Comment

Breakout Player

Sami Vatanen

Correct

Vatanen managed to supplant Sbisa down the stretch. The biggest breakout player for defense in 2013/14 was Hampus "Magnus" Lindholm.

Bounce Back Player

Cam Fowler

Correct

He is has become the Ducks’ #1 defenseman who also netted 6 goals and 30 assists, finishing sixth in scoring for the Ducks.

2013 Preview: Goalie

Subject

Player

Correct Prediction

Comment

Breakout Player

None

Correct

All the expectation of all of our netminders were very high to begin with. No surprise that Andersen and Gibson did well this past year.

Bounce Back Player

None

N/A

2013 Preview: Prediction

Subject

Player

Correct Prediction

Comment

Holland Surpasses Bonino

Wrong

That was epic fail. But if D Blacker and Pettersson pan out, then GM Murray deserves kudos on getting something than nothing for Holland as I don’t think the Ducks’ org would have re-signed him as his ELC was to expire this season.

Silfverberg excels as he is more accustomed to the NA style of play and ice.

Correct

While his shot was amazing to begin with, it’s his two way play after being injured that which became a valuable trait.

Penner actually earned his spot on the top line

Correct

Even though Penner was traded, he was a good fit with the Twins. 13 goals and 32 points in only 49 games played for the Ducks.

Vatanen makes us all in awe while Souray returns in shape for the playoffs

Yes and no

Lindholm had us all in awe, but Vatanen’s later appearance made the coaches in awe that both rookies played in game 7 of the second round of the playoffs.

Perry regains his scoring touch to finish first overall in goal scoring in the Western Conference

Correct

Perry finished 1st in goal scoring for the Western Conference.

Teemu Breaks 700 goals

Wrong

Sadly, the face of the franchise could not get there.

Ducks finish 2nd in the Western Conference

Wrong (but Correct)

Ducks finished 1st in the Western Conference

Ducks win the Pacific Division

Correct

Young players continue to develop should power the Ducks to the Western Conference Finals

Wrong

The young players did continue to develop as we had a total of five rookies make appearances in the playoffs: D Lindhold, D Vatanen, G Andersen, G Gibson, and C Rakell. Unfortunately, we ran into the eventual Cup winners in the second round to a game 7.

Now let us compare the two recent seasons.

2012/13 Anaheim Ducks

Record

30 - 12 - 6 (66 pts)

Division Rank

1st

Conference Rank

2nd

Playoffs

Yes, 1st Rd exit

Shortened Season, 48 games played

2013/14 Anaheim Ducks

Record

54 - 20 - 8 (116 pts)

Division Rank

1st

Conference Rank

1st

Playoffs

Yes, 2nd Rd exit

It seems odd that we do not bring up Bobby Ryan since the season picked up as well as this off-season aside from the occasional the 10th overall pick was Ottawa’s original first round pick in the Bobby Ryan trade. Bobby was our top 3 scorer for the Ducks in the 2012/13 and many fans along with pundits wondered how the Ducks would make up the scoring void that Ryan left. Nick Bonino picked up the slack of being the Ducks’ third best scorer in 2014 after having played a paltry 27 games in 2013 scoring five goals with a total of 13 points. Maybe the Ducks’ organization knows what it is doing and how it projects for the future. (Ahem, this is also alluding to losing Bones or MP22 for those crying about losing them.)

The goal differential between increased for the 2014 club with a +57 rating. 2013 had a +22 goal differential rating. Let us add depth to the goal differential. Goals against allowed (GAA) per game in 2013 was 2.45 goals; in 2014 the GAA per game was 2.54. The GAA per game rate was relatively similarly between the two seasons. Now, shall we partake of the offense. Goals For (GF) per game rate for 2013 was 2.91 goals; for 2014, it was 3.24 goals.

Hence, the scary thought of an offensive production drop due to trading away our third best scorer on the team now seems as though that was all it was… a scary thought. We know now the offensive production actually increased in the previous paragraph as proof.

With everything improving, what can the team do to improve upon? Power play efficiency needs to improve. In 2013, the Ducks finished fourth overall with a 21.5% efficiency. While in 2014, the Ducks were ranked 22nd overall with an efficiency rate of 16.0%. Also, it may not show it in general stats, but the Ducks often fell behind in games to come back and win games. So that should be addressed. The Ducks could also improve by finding a true second line center in the offseason.

Taking a step back, the Ducks’ youth has surprisingly put a huge stamp on this 2013-14 team. In the playoffs, the Ducks had five rookies on the ice: two defensemen in Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen, two netminders in Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, and finally centerman Rickard Rakell. With youth, the Ducks can hope for improvement for the following year.

The Ducks improved from the 2012-13 season with the unknown of the new dynamic of the team without Bobby Ryan. Although the Ducks did not go as far as I thought they would go in the playoffs, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup winners in a game 7 is not all that bad considering the youth movement. So let us Duck fans enjoy the wonderful season after so many on AnaheimCalling.com had very little faith and yet still berate the improvements.


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