After a dominant several years under Randy Carlyle, the Anaheim Ducks have been a non-playoff team for two out of the last three seasons. That stretch of disappointment included an early playoff exit at the hands of the Nashville Predators in 2011 and the dismissal of Carlyle himself.
At times, the dilemma in Anaheim has been hard to discern. In recent years, the Ducks have struggled with shot blocking and shots against per game, leading many to speculate that their defense was the area that needed to be examined.
However, the last three years have seen an equally evident decline in the Ducks' scoring abilities, particularly as it relates to their top offensive assets.
During the 2011-2012 season, the Ducks' power play came in 21st in the league, while they ranked 23rd in goals per game. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry also saw significant drop-offs in production, going from 76 and 98 points respectively to 57 and 60 points. Thus, the outlook coming out of the 2012 season was one of concern for both the offensive and defensive aspects of Anaheim's hockey club.
Add to that the uncertain futures of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, as well as the departures of Niklas Hagman and Jason Blake, and you have a team with all the markings of one in the midst of a rebuild.
But is that really the case with the Ducks? If they were truly a team that needed to take a step back and rework their roster, several of the qualities that I believe they possess wouldn't be present.
Those qualities make up five reasons why the Ducks do not need to rebuild.