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2015 Season in Review: Tomas Fleischmann

Veteran acquired from the Florida Panthers during the Trade Deadline in hopes of adding to Anaheim's deep playoff run

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2014-2015 Season Stats:

Florida Panthers - (7G-14A-21P) in 52 games played

Anaheim Ducks - (1G-5A-6P) in 14 regular season games played; (0G-1A-1P) in 6 playoff games played

A Bit of History

Tomas Fleischmann was acquired by the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Dany Heatley and a 2015 3rd round draft pick during the 2015 trade deadline.

Tomas Fleischmann is no stranger to Bruce Boudreau's coaching as he was part of Bruce's Calder Cup winning team. Since then, Fleischmann had his share of ups and downs. He began strong in Florida, playing all 82 regular season games and notching 27 goals and 61 points. But from there began his steady decline in production. So by the time trade deadline came around, the Panthers saw that they had nothing to lose by giving him up to make room for more youthful prospects.

How did he do?

All in all, Tomas Fleischmann was a sort of a mystery coming in at the trade deadline, and he still remains a mystery coming out of the 2014-15 season.

He was added as a veteran depth player in the Ducks' plan of a deep playoff run. He played 14 regular season games with the Ducks (1G-5A-6P) before taking a seat for the most part during the playoffs. When he did make an appearance, Fleischmann was used to fill in for the injured Nate Thompson. As the Western Conference Finals came down to the wire, Bruce Boudreau decided to shake things up by taking out Emerson Etem and putting in a more veteran player alongside the younglings Rickard Rakell and Jiri Sekac.

All in all, Fleishmann did not by any means exceed or disappoint any expectations. Though he is no longer in his prime, he presents an offensive upside by being a more skilled type of winger than the physical, grinders the Ducks have a surplus of. At the same time, he has not yet presented enough skills to make an difference on this team that plays a fast, big-bodied and bruising style of play. He is a flexible player that could be fit up and down a line-up.

The move to Anaheim gave the veteran the chance to perhaps spark something in his production. But unfortunately, Anaheim did not provide that spark he needed at this point in his career.

I personally never really took notice of Fleischmann's play--nothing too spectacular or too horrendous. But I do wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.