Now I know what you may be thinking. How can you consider the Anaheim Ducks a sleeper team?
When I refer to them as a sleeper team, I am suggesting they will finish top two, which is a significant jump from the eighth place finish of last year.
It may be a bold statement considering they have lost possibly their best defenceman, but hear me out.
The Anaheim Ducks are loaded with talent up front. They may have possibly the best one, two punch on offence then any other team in the league.
Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan are three exceptional talents, and are all quite young to boot. They also are introducing this year two new workhorses to add to an already stunning line-up.
Saku Koivu, provides leadership, with 10 years of captaincy under his belt he is a valuable addition. He is no slouch either. With the Canadiens he was third in team scoring in a slightly shortened season.
Another big factor with this signing is that he is rather acquainted with Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, who have spent time together playing internationally.
Secondly in the pronger trade Joffrey Lupul came Anaheim's way. Lupul is a solid forward who brings solid numbers. He is capable of getting upwards of 50 points in a season, which would be very welcome on any team.
With the addition of Koivu and Lupul the Ducks now have eight players capable of scoring 50 or more points.
The Ducks didn't stop there, however. With the loss of Pronger they had to strengthen their defence. This process brought in: Luca Sbisa, Nik Boynton, and Steve McCarthy.
The defence is still solid despite the loss of Pronger.
Mark my words, save for something very unexpected. The Anaheim Ducks will finish atop the Pacific Division.