Even for a young franchise, it is important to occasionally look back and compare the past talent to current talent.
The Ducks might be a relatively young franchise, but they are not short on players who have set records and posted big statistics consistently. Some of these players will undoubtedly go down as some of the best ever in the NHL Hall of Fame.
To follow is my list of the seven best goal scorers in the franchise history that is now known as the Anaheim Ducks.
Starting off our list is Andy McDonald who spent seven seasons with the Anaheim franchise and tallied an impressive 92 goals and 259 points.
Since the first game he skated with the Ducks, Andy Mac showed he could consistently anchor their secondary scoring. He is known for his speed, small stature and sniper skills, which helped Anaheim win their first and only Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Steve Rucchin is one of the longest tenured Duck players in franchise history with 10 seasons and 616 games played. In an Anaheim jersey, Rucchin is third overall with 432 points, but ranks fourth with 153 goals.
Rucchin was the center on the long-term top line with Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, and playing alongside such undeniable talent boosted his statistics. Rucchin had an impressive 48-goal season back in the 1996-1997 year, and he absolutely earns his spot on this list.
After just 250 NHL games played over four seasons Bobby Ryan, at 24 years old, is already creeping up the franchise list in several different statistics. With 105 career NHL goals, Ryan is already ranked sixth on the all time Anaheim list of top goal scorers.
Ryan is just one-third of the current top line for the Ducks and has proven that he deserves that top spot. At such a young age, he consistently proves time and again he is achieving his potential and growing into a truly talented star forward.
Even though the current captain, Ryan Getzlaf, is more known for his assists and flawless passes to the two wings who flank him, he is still one to reckon with when the puck is on his stick. Ryan Getzlaf is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated power forwards in the league, and he is still growing.
Getzlaf has spent just six seasons in the NHL, all with the Anaheim Ducks, and tallied 126 goals in 430 games played. He has a total of 415 career points, and his amazing stickhandling skills make him an absolute threat both in passing and shooting.
Rounding out the current top line, also called the “RPG” line is Corey Perry, who has become a bit more familiar to the rest of the league because of winning the Rocket Richard and Hart Memorial Trophies this past season.
Perry had a 50-goal year last season, and has 168 goals in 450 career goals, yet still he’s No. 3 on this list. Might just put into perspective just how talented these next two Duck players really are.
A nine-season Anaheim veteran has stolen the second seat, and that’s long-time captain and star Paul Kariya. For years, Kariya was the face of the Anaheim franchise and helped lead Anaheim to successes early on in the franchise history.
Kariya scored 300 goals and 669 points in his 606 games played with the Ducks, earning him an impressive 1.10 points per game average, and just shy of a 0.50 goals per game statistic.
However, one of the most memorable moments involving Kariya is seen here, where he manages to score after a brutal hit shook up the small forward in the 2003 playoffs.
Honestly, can you expect anyone aside from Teemu Selanne to finish off this list of the best in Ducks’ history? The “Finnish Flash” is entering his 12th season with the Ducks franchise and has scored 410 goals, and 871 points in his 774 games in Anaheim.
Teemu Selanne is one of the best veteran forwards in the league, even at 41 years old, he continues to lead the secondary scoring and contribute consistently. Last season he tallied an impressive 80 points, including 31 goals. This two-time 50-goal scorer and two-time 100-point producer has absolutely fought and earned his seat as the best player in Anaheim’s franchise history.