I never thought I’d say anything remotely close this year, but the Ducks are rollin’. After a fairly slow start to the season going 2-4-3 the Anaheim Ducks bounced back and have been undefeated in the month of November so far winning all 6 of their last games. As a die hard Anaheim fan I’m absolutely thrilled to see my team showing up and competing in a league that’s saturated with talented hockey clubs this year, but more than anything I’m amazed to see a team like this do so well with such little star power.
The Ducks are arguably nearing the end of the rebuild process after slowly ridding themselves of many bad contracts and outdated players such as Ryan Kessler and Patrick Eaves. After missing the playoffs for the last 3 years straight and ending each of those seasons near the bottom of the NHL, the Ducks have slowly been able to increase their pool of talented young prospects to further develop players and create a team with some depth.
Most NHL analysts had the Ducks performing at a similar level to the last 3 previously disappointing years, but as of today the Ducks are in 2nd place in the Pacific division and 4th overall in the NHL. How is this possible? It looks like the young talent is finally starting to mature. Though veteran Ryan Getzlaf continues to dominate in points, other players have been taking the reigns when it comes to goal scoring. Right wing, Troy Terry, is 2nd in the NHL so far this season with 11 goals and 8 assists, already tallying 19 points in just his first 14 games.
Terry’s the first Anaheim player to be anywhere remotely close to the top of the NHL stats charts in multiple seasons which is a promising marker that the Ducks are trending in the right direction. The Ducks return to Anaheim this Sunday hoping to extend their winning streak to 7 against the Vancouver Canucks, a team they defeated just last week. With all start goaltender, John Gibson, their emerging talent in Troy Terry and the countless other young prospects they have showing up this season it looks like the Ducks might have a realistic chance to defy the odds and actually secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2018.