With the new NHL season here, it’s time to look ahead at what each team can expect this season. Up First: The Anaheim Ducks, a team in transition, hoping that new coach Dallas Eakins and some young faces mean a bright future.
First Key Game: October 5th vs the San Jose Sharks. This will be a litmus test for where the Ducks are at in the process (out of training camp) plus it’s the Sharks and there is no love lost there.
Odds to win the division
66:1 (t-7th overall) (via Betway)
Is this a bet worth taking?
66-1 seems fair. Expect that to move to the 30-1 range if the kids hit the ground running. Basically, the Ducks are going full rebuild with as many as six rookies making the team it could go two ways: they play to their potential or the realize they are over their heads and we go back to a dump and chase system, relying on Ryan Getzlaf and John Gibson to save them. Personally, I would wager on them to make the playoffs but check out in the first round .
Keys To The Season
Story to watch
Has Dallas Eakins learned his lesson from his days with the Edmonton Oilers and will the vets buy into his system based upon lifestyle diets and analytics? Bob Murray is now tied to making Eakins a success by giving him more input on player moves and roles. Expect to see a lot of the San Diego Gulls to be given a shot at camp. This is a pivotal stage for the Ducks and they have placed their bets on Eakins being the man to lead them into the new age of the NHL. It’ll likely be a slow start for Eakins and the Ducks, but by the All Star break expect the Ducks to be close to the playoff bubble.
Player to watch
Max Comtois isn’t as spoken about as much as Troy Terry or Sam Steel but I believe the organization has him as the guy to be a future captain (he was Team Canada’s World Junior captain after all). He is expected to see 3rd line minutes this season but if Adam Henrique gets moved (which is a strong possibility at the trade deadline) he will get a bump to the 2nd line center and this will be his chance to shine. Last season he didn’t seem all that out of place in his brief try out at the beginning of the season and more can be expected of him in 2019-20.
Faith and patience. After making the playoffs every year without breaking a sweat and always being mentioned as a Stanley Cup contender, this season the fanbase have to be realistic. Gone are the days of Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and 90-100 pts in the standing. Now we have to look forward to watching draft picks turning into bona fide NHLers. Welcome to the age of Sam Steel, Troy Terry, Josh Mahura and John Gibson and getting younger and the dreaded lottery draft. The kids will be alright, the fans just need to give them time and understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day. In Bob Murray we trust!
If the Anaheim Ducks were an animal, what would they be?
If the Ducks were an animal they would be a chameleon. They are attempting to blend in to the surroundings of the new younger faster fun NHL. Say goodbye to the grit and sandpaper Ducks and say hello to dangles, top 10 highlight saves and analytics. I give you the Anaheim Ducks of 2019!