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2015 Season in Review: Mark Fistric

Injury plus the emergence of young talent made Fistric's last go-round in Anaheim a brief one.

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Mark Fistric's time with the Anaheim Ducks organization was relatively short. During his two years with the team, he was shipped from coast to coast multiple times, splitting games between the Ducks and AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals almost equally. His role with both teams was very evident: a depth defenseman who liked to throw the body around to results such as this:

Or this:

Fistric was never expected to accumulate points for Anaheim. Instead, he was someone who fit in well with the physical aspect of the Ducks' playing style, and his black-and-blue approach to the game was made more valuable due to top blueliners Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm relying more on mobility.

2014-15 Season


Fistric didn't get a whole lot of ice time in a Ducks jersey this year. After injuring his back on October 30th, he was shelved for 17 games, but even after his return on December 6th he only played in five games after that. He was constantly listed as a healthy scratch until January 20th, when he was finally placed on waivers. After going unclaimed, Fistric was sent down to Norfolk where he played out the latter half of the season. It seemed inevitable with his slim appearances in the depth chart and the rise of the young defensemen in the farm, but about a month ago, it was announced that Fistric would be bought out of the remainder of his contract after being awarded a three-year extension just a season prior.

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Today, Fistric is still sitting on the free agent market. His biggest downfall, from a statistical standpoint, is his unblocked shot attempts for percentage (46.7% and 51.2%, respectively, over the last two seasons), which is almost identical to one Clayton Stoner. To Fistric's credit however, nine games makes for a pretty small sample size, so if there's a team that lacks size on the blueline, he may be able to find work elsewhere in the league, even though those contracts could very well only be for single seasons.