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2015-16 Ducks Positional Preview: Right Wing

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A look at the right wings up and down the Anaheim Ducks organization.

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Corey Perry

2014-15 NHL Stats:

18:06 TOI/G, 67 PIM, 51.03 5v5 CF% (SATF%)

Trending: Even

Reasoning: From an individual standpoint, last regular season was not a good one for the former Hart Trophy winner, who missed a career-high 15 games due to injury and finished the year with a points-per-game rate of below his career average. Of the 15 players who scored 30 or more goals, Perry was the only one who played fewer than 70 games, and there is no doubt that he remains one of the elite scoring threats in the league. At age 30, a healthy Perry is still a lock for 30 and not a bad bet for 40, but that may not be the case for much longer.

Jakob Silfverberg

2014-15 NHL Stats:

15:39 TOI/G, 24 PIM, 51.62 5v5 CF%

Trending: Up

Reasoning: 27 games into last season, Silfverberg had scored only one goal, which made him look like the worst top-six forward you could have. But all season long, including in the middle of that dry stretch, the eye test told a different story and the underlying numbers backed it up. It didn't come as a surprise when he picked up his production in the second half of the season and especially in the playoffs, where he tied with Perry as the team's second leading scorer with 18 points in 16 games. Expect the soon-to-be 25 year-old to earn every penny of the $3.75M he's making this year.

Chris Stewart

2014-15 NHL Stats:

15:52 TOI/G, 88 PIM, 39.29 5v5 CF%

Trending: Even

Reasoning: You could make the argument that he's been trending down ever since scoring 28 goals and 64 points with the Colorado Avalanche back in 2009-10, but since he's not getting paid like a 60-point player (one-year, $1.7M contract), that really isn't the issue. The issue is that during the twelve months he spent as a Buffalo Sabre, the only thing that took a bigger hit than his on-ice performance was his perceived value as a hockey player. Take another look at those stats, bearing in mind that they include twenty post-deadline games when he was a positive possession player for the Minnesota Wild. The bottom line is that he did a pretty good job in Minnesota, and that's what earned him the chance to play alongside a couple of superstars and compete for a Stanley Cup this year. Whether or not he capitalizes on that chance is anyone's guess.

Tim Jackman

2014-15 NHL Stats:

8:22 TOI/G, 86 PIM, 50.38 5v5 CF%

Trending: Down

Reasoning: A healthy scratch in all seven games of the Western Conference Final last season, Jackman is an enforcer who will be 34 years old before Thanksgiving. He's done everything asked of him in Anaheim, but the depth chart doesn't lie, and neither does his expiring contract. At some point, injuries to other players will could him a chance to prove he belongs in the lineup, which is about as much as he can ask for.

Brian McGrattan

2014-15 NHL Stats:

6:38 TOI/G, 4 PIM, 42.99 5v5 CF%

AHL Stats: 16 GP, 1G 5A 6P, 25 PIM (Adirondack Flames)

Trending: Down

Reasoning: Two months older than Jackman, McGrattan is another enforcer type who is going to have to simultaneously drink from the fountain of youth and change his style of play if he hopes to keep an NHL job. He was reassigned to San Diego on October 2nd, and that's probably where he will stay.

Stefan Noesen

2014-15 NHL Stats:


6:54 TOI/G, 0 PIM, 44.44 5v5 CF%
AHL Stats: 27 GP, 7G 9A 16P, 27 PIM (Norfolk Admirals)
Trending: Up
Reasoning: With an injury history like his, it's hard to go anywhere but up. The former first-round pick got his first taste of NHL action last season, and he's probably going to get a bigger taste this year, but barring a huge breakout season or a long-term injury to a better wing, he is unlikely to be a regular in the NHL lineup. Fortunately, the AHL move to San Diego will make it a lot easier to shuttle him back and forth as needed. He and Shea Theodore are going to help sell a lot of Gulls tickets.

Nick Sorensen

2014-15 Stats:
SHL:14 GP, 1G 3A 4P, 4 PIM (Skelleftea AIK)
Trending: Down
Reasoning: A wrist injury limited Sorensen to 14 games in the Swedish Hockey League, and he didn't exactly make the most of them. He's already played four games for a different SHL team (Linkoping HC) this season, in which he's scored one goal and two assists. Perhaps the change of scenery will do the 20 year-old well. If not, his road to the NHL looks to be long one.

Ondrej Kase

2014-15 Stats:
Czech-2 Stats: 49 GP, 10G 17A 27P, 8 PIM (Pirati Chomutov)
Trending: Up
Reasoning: The 19 year-old was a key component of Chomutov's championship run last year, scoring eleven points in eleven playoff games. His play convinced the Ducks to sign him to an entry-level contract this summer, so he will be given the opportunity to bring his speed and skill to San Diego.

Deven Sideroff

2014-15 Stats:
WHL Stats: 64 GP, 17G 25A 42P, 25 PIM (Kamloops Blazers)
Trending: Up

Reasoning: Sideroff, a small-ish guy who can really skate, was a third-round pick in this year's draft. He's nowhere near NHL ready right now, but that sounds about right for an eighteen year-old. Perhaps he can take another step forward this season.