Anaheim Ducks: Five Reasons Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan Aren't Enough

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Anaheim Ducks: Five Reasons Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan Aren't Enough
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The Anaheim Ducks have one of the most talented top lines in the NHL at the hands of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan. All three players were drafted in a span of three years, and have done their due diligence playing behind Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald and even Doug Weight before getting to take the offensive reigns.

These players are now the core of Anaheim's club, and apart from the uncertain presence of Selanne and Saku Koivu, they are the only real offensive threats on the Ducks roster.

The line by line assessment of Anaheim's team is starting to look uncomfortably familiar to the Ducks teams of the late '90s; led by Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin and a much younger Selanne. Those teams were fast and at times offensively capable, though severely one-dimensional.

For Anaheim to fall into that pattern as a franchise again would mean more than their share of finishing around 11th or 12th place in the Western Conference. In short, the Ducks need more than their top three scorers if they're going to compete, particularly in a stacked Western Conference.

These are five reasons why Anaheim's top line isn't enough.

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