2015-2016 Stats: 82 GP, 34 G, 24 A, +2, 52.4 CF%
Everyone’s favorite agitator put up another season worthy of his reputation as one of the best goal-scorers in the league last year. At this point in his career, the 31-year-old Perry is pretty much a solid bet for at least 30 goals per year, though that pace very well could be on a timer as he approaches the end of his theoretical prime. For now, however, Perry is still among the best (much to the amusing frustration of fans of the other 29 teams in the league). Look for Perry to continue his scoring ways and potentially cross the 40 goal threshold if Carlyle reunites him with Ryan Getzlaf. Perry already being in mid-season form coming off a Canada World Cup win could also help his case with a quick start out of the gate.
2015-2016 Stats: 82 GP, 20 G, 19 A, +8, 53.9% CF
Can I start this preview with a personal plea? Can we please up the “Oh Ah Silfverberg” chant at Honda Center anytime he scores a goal (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2HP5MhV6Fc)? If not, why do you hate fun? But I digress. Silf finally showed the scoring touch the Ducks knew he was capable of last season, especially during the second half. Primarily playing on a shutdown line drawing the toughest defensive assignments with Ryan Kesler and Andrew Cogliano, Silfverberg demonstrated that he’s more than just an effective penalty-killer/Jonathan Toews strait jacket. Look for him to continue trending upward in the offensive department while providing Selke-worthy defense.
2015-2015 Stats: 80 GP, 7 G, 7 A, -11, 52.3% CF
Raise your hand if last year you thought Ryan Garbutt would arrive in Anaheim and tone down the borderline reckless penalties, be an offensive contributor, play every single shift like he was shot out of a cannon, and endear himself to numerous Ducks fans for his efforts. Put your hand down you liar. I’ll admit, I was as conflicted as anyone when the Ducks traded for him from Chicago at the deadline last year. The memories of him in Dallas were still relatively fresh in my mind. But Garbutt has proved to be an immediate fit into the Ducks gritty, heavy hitting, puck cycling system as he proceeded to log 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points in 37 games. Garbutt’s role as one of the few reliable bottom-six forwards in the lineup with the ability to play LW as well only stands to be enhanced with the return of the physical system of head coach Randy Carlyle.
2015-2016 Stats: 30 GP, 1 G, 2 A, -3, 33.7% CF
The annual grit/60 Bob Murray signing this year is former Columbus Blue Jacket Jared Boll. The Columbus all-time leader in PIM inexplicably received a two-year one way contract to play on the 4th line. With Clayton Stoner recently being put on waivers, Boll’s primarily roll this season will figure to be the guy who stands up for his teammates and drop the gloves when necessary. Did anyone tell Murray that the enforcer era is pretty much over?
2015-2016 San Diego (AHL) Stats: 65 GP, 10 G, 22 A, -5
Once considered one of the centerpieces of the Bobby Ryan trade with the Ottawa Senators, Noesen has been routinely hampered by injuries since 2013, slowing his development. However, the 2015-2016 AHL season saw Noesen finally get a full year of work showing glimpses of the Corey Perry-like player he’s been projected to be. Look for Noesen to travel back and forth up the 5 freeway between Anaheim and San Diego this year as an injury/underperforming player replacement.
2015-2016 Linkopings HC (Sweden) Stats: 37 GP, 10 G, 13 A, +5
The fact that the former 2013 2nd round pick is still on the Ducks training camp roster with only one preseason game left has surprised some people. Yet the 22 year old has made the most of his extended look with the big boys with 2 goals this preseason and some very good two-way play up and down the ice. Don’t expect him to make the big club, however. Sorenson will most likely make his AHL debut with San Diego this season.
2015-2016 Kamloops (WHL) Stats: 63 GP, 19 G, 40 A, +4
The former 3rd round pick in the 2015 Entry Level Draft has had an eye-popping previous two seasons with his junior club. His 40 assists and 19 goals look almost Getzlaf-like as he carves out a role as an effective playmaker. The 19-year-old is more than likely still a year or two off from getting a shot with the Ducks, but the youngster expects to earn a spot with San Diego after four seasons in the WHL.
2015-2016 San Diego (AHL) Stats: 51 GP, 6 G, 13 A, +14
After being a point-per-game player with Alaska-Anchorage of the WCHA, Bailey appeared to lose his scoring touch in parts of two seasons of pro hockey with the Norfolk Admirals from 2013-2015. Playing high-energy physical minutes with San Diego last year, Bailey projects to be either a 4th line grinder or a career minor leaguer at this point.