The Anaheim Ducks were the top team in the West for 2 consecutive seasons. This year, the Ducks are sitting at the bottom of the Pacific division and the Western conference with a slim 29 points.
After establishing themselves as one of the most dominant teams in hockey with one of the best duos, the Anaheim Ducks find themselves in a hole after 31 games.
They were shutout 5 times in their first 10 games of the season and their record dropped to 1-7-2 with only 10 goals scored. Despite all of this mess, goaltender Frederik Andersen was able to put up solid performances, but the teams offense came up short night after night.
The captain, Ryan Getzlaf, only has 1 goal this season, it was an empty net goal. Corey Perry isn’t producing at the rate he is usually does, it took him 12 games to score his first goal and only had 3 assists prior to that. Ryan Kesler, who was acquired a few seasons ago, has only notched 12 points in 31 games along with a -12 and only 4 goals. The Ducks’ top guns are not contributing offensively.
Their promising young winger, Jakob Silfverberg, who was coming off career highs in goals (13) and points (39) is currently on pace for his worst season with only 6 points (3 goals) to his credit.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau is currently in his 4th full season with the team and seems to be on the hot seat. Ever since the playoffs last season, Boudreau has been a question mark in the organization, as the Ducks could very well fire him if this team keeps slumping.
When all is said and done, the Anaheim Ducks have a lot of talent offensively, defensively and between the pipes. Something needs to spark this team soon, or they will be getting a top-5 draft pick and a summer longer than expected.
Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8