With a proposal on the table that could save the NHL's 82-game season, it's within the realm of possibility that we could see the Anaheim Ducks playing hockey this year, along with the rest of the league's teams.
Even if things don't get sorted out until next year, we can still speculate as to where teams will have improved when they do finally hit the ice. The Ducks are an interesting case in that regard as they were somewhat quiet during the offseason after a poor regular season performance.
However Anaheim will have a clean slate this coming season under Bruce Boudreau and a bit of a revamped defense, since almost all of their offseason focus was centered around their blue line. The real question for the Ducks will be whether or not their top offensive players will be able to get back to their higher levels of production, while at the same time getting contribution from up-and-comers like Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem.
It's certain that the Ducks will need to improve in most facets, especially in a highly competitive Western Conference. Look for Anaheim to step up their game in the following five areas.