After a terrible first half, the Anaheim Ducks, under the direction of newly-hired head coach Bruce Boudreau, nearly stormed back into the playoff picture last season with an aggressive second-half surge.
It ultimately wasn't enough, but one has to wonder: Will a full season under Boudreau be what the doctor ordered in Anaheim?
In recent years the Ducks have been thought of as one of the better teams in the Western Conference, and last year's poor start came as somewhat of a surprise.
So what, if any, indicators point to the Ducks getting back to the top of the food chain in the Western Conference and making it back to the playoffs?
Let's take a look.