Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Hockey season almost here!
We are just a few weeks away from the start of the nhl season. My team (the anaheim ducks) underperformed greatly last year, due to a horrible start that they could never recover from, despite playing well the rest of the year. The major problem last year with the ducks was defense. Having traded away Pronger and unable to afford Beauchemin, we were left with a major lack of depth. Surely we had our captain Niedermayer, but that he is only one player. Witless Whitney was a complete bust and could not hold a blue line or hit worth a damn. Wisniewski was decent, but unfortunately was forced to play top pairing minutes which lead to some mistakes in his play. There wasn't anything stellar about the rest of our defense either. In the 2010 draft the ducks lucked out and managed to get Cam Fowler as a 12th pick, who in some prospect ratings was considered top 3 behind taylor and tyler, and already looks nhl ready, but ducks might want to be patient and let him build up his size. Also with sbisa having a few experience in lower leagues he will be pushing for a spot on this seasons roster. With the addition of Sutton, ducks bring back some size and toughness that was lost when pronger left, and with Lydman and Mara added as well, ducks hope to try and fill in the gap left by our beloved captain. We have Visnovsky (great trade for Whitney) to help fill in leadership, but feel that we still lack a top 4 defenseman. However with Getzlaf healthy and Selanne back for another season, our offense should be able to put goals. We will see in the next couple weeks what more changes will be made.