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30 in 15: Anaheim Ducks Season Preview

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It’s tough to put a finger on exactly what kind of a team the Anaheim Ducks will ice this season. Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry are three very talented forwards, and Jonas Hiller is a hell of a keeper, but alot of people, myself included, don’t think this team is going too far this season. A playoff berth certainly isn’t out of the question, but Ducks fans shouldn’t hope for much more than that.

*Offense:’ The trio listed above make up one of the most complete first lines in the league. All three players should put up 60+ points, and Bobby Ryan should have plenty of motivation after signing a fat new contract extension.Teemu Selanne-Saku Koivu-Jason Blake sounds like a pretty decent secondary scoring line, but Selanne and Koivu are clearly in the twilight of their careers and Jason Blake never lived up to the 40 goal expectations placed on him in Toronto. The Ducks don’t necessarily have bad players up front, but don’t expect them to blow the doors off teams with any regularity.Grade: BTeemu SelanneDefense:Once the backbone of the team when the likes of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer patrolled the blueline, Anaheim’s defensive corps is now a bunch of journeymen with a few potential stars thrown in. Paul Mara and Lubomir Visnovky have bounced around the league the past few years, and neither is truly a top pairing defenseman. Luca Sbisa> has plenty of upside, but a 20 year old defenseman can’t be relied on too heavily. Grade: C-’'’Goaltending:’’’ If there’s anything that can save the Ducks’ defense, it’s standout Swiss netminder Jonas Hiller. Hiller was great at the Olympics for Switzerland, and posted 30 wins last season with a 2.73 GAA. There’s nobody of any true value behind him, so an injury to Hiller or an off year from him will be terrible news for the Ducks.Grade: A’'’Key Additions:’’’ None*Key Losses:’ Scott Niedermayer, Mike Brown

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