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Monday, October 02, 2006

Ducks Overrated?

Ok, don't get me wrong. I think they have a great team, and will make it far into the playoffs, but saying that, they are overrated. Almost every major magazine and website has them picked to win it all or atleast make it to the finals. The Ducks do have 2 of the top best defensemen in the league with Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. But after that, are they that great.

Goaltending-Their goaltending is ok. It is very shakey with the likes of Ilya Bryzgalov and J.S. Giguere. Can Giguere rebound after a poor season? Can Bryzgalov take over as number 1? Many questions regarding them. They have the talent, but will it show?

Forwards-There offensive corp is nothing to brag about. They got lucky with Teemu Selanne (40 goals) last season, but expect similar numbers from him this season. Any MacDonald finally found himself, but after their first line, the offense is weak and lacks depth. They also lost Joffrey Lupul.

Defense-Arguably the strongest in the league, but after Pronger and Nieds, there isn't much. They traded Vitaly Vishnevski, and lost Ruslan Salei to free agency (Panthers). Sean O'Donnell is also nowhere near his former self like he was with the Bruins, Devils and Wild. Obviously, Prongs and Nieds will take up most of the ice time though.

Projected Lines:


Moran-St. Jacques


Obviously, the offense is one of the weaker ones in the league, and the defense is VERY thin. If one of the two top guys go down, Anaheim is in trouble. People's expectations this season are too high for them.


Blogger Latrappe said...

I don't think you can be considered as a a serious contender with a question mark behind the net. In playoffs, goaltending is the key. No cup for the ducks.

10:02 PM  

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