Anaheim Ducks '07-'08 Season in Review, Part 2: The Report Card
Part two of the Ducks offseason report consists of a Ducks “Report Card.” Players' scoring in the regular season was looked at, as well as their play in the playoffs.
Only players who were usual Ducks are on the list. The players who found themselves in Portland are not included. With this posting I am more than open to discussion about the players, but don’t complain like a parent wanting a better grade for their kid. All grades are final.
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No. 4 Todd Bertuzzi – (B-) “Big Bert” never seemed to be a fit in Anaheim. He put up a decent 40 points but never really found the goal scoring for which he was brought in. His physical presence was a great factor in evening out this mark. Look for Bertuzzi to improve next season.
No. 20 Ryan Carter (C) Carter only saw 34 games in Anaheim due to the talent already on this team. Normally for his low points total I'd fail him, but with 34 games it’s hard to find a rhythm. If Selanne retires, look for Carter to be battling for a regular spot in the lineup come training camp.
No. 15 Ryan Getzlaf (A+) Getzlaf is a young stud with pounds of potential for this team. He was not only a team leader without Selanne, but he led the team in scoring with 82 points in 77 games. Look for him to do just as well this year, and, if Selanne returns, he could break into the hundreds in points.
No. 14 Chris Kunitz (A+) Kunitz was third on the team in goals and points, and he saw action in all 82 regular-season games. I give credit to a guy who scores this much and plays in every game.
No. 22 Todd Marchant (B-) As a grinder type of player, I don’t expect Marchant to score too much. He had a great year even though the “checking line” that was infamous in last years playoffs wasn’t the same this season. Age is becoming a factor, but he still has plenty of gas in the tank and can definitely make life hell for any opposing forward.
No. 24 Brad May (B) Some player's “grades” are based on scoring, but I couldn’t use that same criteria on May or he would fail. Four points in 61 games is terrible, even for May.May had more of an input than that. He is an emotional leader, who leads with his fists and checking. He protected the top forwards, and in the playoffs, he found himself on the top line as an answer to try and slow down Dallas.
No. 32 Travis Moen (C) Moen played in 77 games for eight points. Not amazing, but I know there is more talent here than we are seeing. If Moen can get a linemate he feels really comfortable with, he could really break out. Even without the scoring he is a key part of this team.
No. 44 Rob Niedermayer (B-) Even with his age slowly becoming a factor he played in 78 games, scoring 16 points, not bad for a grinder by any means. His value to the team is much greater than points. He is an emotional leader and a two way player.
No. 26 Samuel Pahlsson (B-) Pahlsson is a real work horse for the Ducks. His 15 points in 56 games isn't amazing, but it’s good for a grinding physical forward like himself. I give this grade looking for improvement.
No. 16 George Parros (A-) I once had a coach tell me “The most important thing a player can do it know his role and place on his team.” Well, that is easily why Parros got an A; he doesn’t earn it for his scoring. In 69 games, he amassed 183 penalty minutes and is loved by Ducks fans for every bone-jarring hit and face-breaking fight. With so many penalty minutes, it’s amazing he was able to amass five points. Parros has an important role with so many young scorers on this team, and he protects them well.
No. 10 Corey Perry (A+) He led the team in goals (29) in 70 games for a combined 54 points. If Perry is able to stay healthy, he will put up even greater numbers. He is a fan favorite along with Getzlaf, and the two are close friends and usual linemates. His return in the playoffs gave the Ducks a chance at a comeback.
No. 8 Teemu Selanne (A++) With 23 points in 26 games, it is not looking like Selanne needs to retire. Even if the desire is not there, he is without a doubt the best forward on this team. When it came to a much-needed goal, every one looked to Selanne, and he got it for them. Every Ducks fan is praying the “Finnish Flash” will come back for at least one more year.
No. 17 Brian Sutherby (C-) Sutherby is young, so he gained a lot of experience in the 50 games he played. He didn’t put up amazing numbers, and to be honest, it can’t be expected yet. This grade is a little tough on him, but the Ducks need him to improve this coming season.
No. 39 Doug Weight (F) All I’m going to say is, “We traded Andy McDonald for this?”
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No. 23 Francois Beauchemin (A) Beauchemin played in all 82 Ducks games this past year and put up decent points for a defenseman. He is a hard-working player and would be looked to fill a top position with the potential departure of Niedermayer. Look for Beauchemin to have a great year next season.
No. 7 Marc-Andre Bergeron (B) He is a late-season addition to the Ducks that paid off greatly. He is not only a young defenseman, but at 27 he is incredibly wise. Look for the rest of the experience in this corps of men to continue to help Bergeron grow into a great defenseman in the coming season.
No. 33 Joe DiPenta (C) DiPenta only saw action in 23 games, which makes it hard to really look at his ability as a player this past season. With the potential hole left open if Niedermayer retires, DiPenta may be the one to fill that gap consistently.
No. 40 Kent Huskins (C+) A stable defenseman, Huskins was a steady force for the Ducks. He was rarely out of position and is clearly growing as a young defenseman in such a talented and “hockey wise” group of potential hall-of-fame blue liners.
No. 27 Scott Niedermayer (B+) Every Ducks fan was glad to see him come back. His scoring in the regular season upon returning was as anyone would have expected. However, in the playoffs, he looked distracted and tired. If he returns to the blue line, I will be very surprised.
No. 21 Sean O'Donnell (B) A real work horse on the Ducks blueline and a very experienced player, O’Donnell helped to make the penalty kill great. He is another player on the Ducks team who knows his role and is not afraid to do it.
No. 25 Chris Pronger (B-) Pronger is a great defenseman, but I don’t truly feel he deserves the “C” due to some of his questionable actions on the ice. During the later part of the season, his rule breaking led to distractions for the team. Stupid penalties also hurt the team, especially when it is the captain and main penalty killer taking them.
No. 11 Mathieu Schneider (A) An amazing offseason addition to replace the then retired Scott Niedermayer. Schneider was a potent force on the power play and was a big reason behind the Ducks being labeled with the best defense in the NHL.
No. 35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere (A+) He broke records and was a wall of a goaltender all season. He struggled at the beginning like the rest of the team but helped lead the team to 102 points and third-straight playoff appearance. He doesn’t deserve the bulk of the blame for the Dallas series loss.
No. 1 Jonas Hiller (A) Amazing talent behind Giguere means the Ducks never have to worry about losing the No. 1. Hiller and Jiggy make one of the best goaltender tandems in the NHL. As a free agent this offseason, Hiller MUST be re-signed.
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