-Cogliano has 40+ points
-Getzlaf is nominated for the Hart trophy
-We lose a player for most of the year
-Hiller doesn't have an all-star year but still is good
-The Crunch win the Calder Cup
-DSP stays up and kills it
-Lubo gets 49 points
1. This squad has the first good start to the season since the Cup winning season.
2. Some of the young guys struggle, team goes on a couple of losing streaks.
3. 3rd line clicks, takes minutes off of RPG's TOI
4. Bobby Ryan takes off ala Perry Style in the middle of the season
5. Ryan, Perry, Getzlaf are voted all-stars
6. Team starts slow after all star break but has the typical Ducks season finish
7. Ducks grab the 6th seed, upset the 3rd seed in the playoffs, but lose in the 2nd round
8. Teemu and Blake retire.
9. Syracuse Crunch win the Calder Cup.
10. Off-season is a repeat of last years, with no significant FA signings (Maybe one big one but kind of hard to speculate at this point)
11. Beauchemin re-signed to a 2 yr / 3 million contract
Originally Posted by ShadowDuck
-Cogliano has 40+ points
12. Getzlaf is nominated for the Hart trophy
13. We lose a player for most of the year
14. Hiller doesn't have an all-star year but still is good
15. DSP stays up and kills it
16. Lubo gets 49 points
Oh yeaa it's that time, find your post and grade it lol.
5) One-third correct
13) Yes (Blake)
14) Yes. Had a tough start but I'll say he had a good year.
15) Yes. Killed it in my book
16) No. 27
1 Foster will be our goat for the year.
2-4 Cogliano will be a failure as a checking center. Carlyle will force him into wing. He will probably have a rough transition for this year too. But the future of the 2nd line left wing rides on him.
5 3rd and 4th lines are our downfall again.
6-7 Blake and 2nd line has a resurgence. Almost makes up for the bottom 6.
8 Hiller back to form, no effects.
9 Fowler sophomore slump. Not an actual slump, but he doesn't improve like a lot of people expect.
10-11 Sbisa steps it up, defense is solid this year with a year of Beauchemin.
12-13 Lydman and Visnovsky can't quite match their career years. Some injuries. Young kids pick up some slack (this was in regard to Lydman and Visnovsky).
14-15 Ellis is good but is moved to free up money and space. Deslauriers sucks and makes us miss Ellis.
16 Damn that was one of mine too. Selanne will be more of a goal scorer this year. He needs to pass Jagr.
17 One slightly bold prediction based on recent history: Getzlaf plays 78 or more games.
1 Yes and no. He wasn't really hated here because he didn't play. I guess he was about as hated as you could be for playing as little as he did. He did get shipped off for scraps. 1/2 2 Yes failed as a checking center. Yes turned to wing. Although seems to be a checking wing now. 3 Partial rough transition. Offensively only. Not mentioned in this thread, but I said that Cogliano was a 20-30 point guy and not 30-40 like his Oilers stats showed. Dead on there 1/2
4 As much as a conclusion can be made now, doesn't look like he's in the mix for 2nd line wing now.
5 No. I'd say top 2 lines and goaltending was the downfall.
6 Uh no. 20 points (pace) is not a resurgence, and that's pretending the injuries didn't happen.
7 2nd line was bad. 12 points from Blake. 38 points from Koivu. 66 from Selanne is good. 19 from Hagman. 8 Yes effects. Yes back to form eventually. 1/2 9 On one hand I'd say Fowler improved quite a bit. OTH his offense went down, and his +/- went down even more (which I think people expected to improve). I'll be nice and say I was right since he didn't take a big step. 10 Sbisa did step it up
11 I think the defense did step it up. Shots against went from 27th (32.3) to 10th (28.9). However the end result was bad, with GAA being 19th. Although that is still technically an improvement from 20th. And the hot streak was led by an improvement in defense and goaltending. In the end I'll say no. But Beauchemin was a big part of stabilizing this. 12 Yes they weren't nearly as good. And yes it seems like it was injuries that caused it 13 Yes the kids stepped up to backfill for LL's slide. Sbisa and Fowler.
14 I think Ellis was decent at the time. He was 1-5, but the team was wretched then. Then he got hurt. And he wasn't moved, but that had just as much to do with the injury. In the end this is a no. 15 Deslauriers didn't suck at the NHL level. And hey, 3-1. He looked wretched in the loss. He was a major disappointment in the AHL. I wouldn't say he made us miss Ellis, but he isn't good enough for backup (hence Fasth). So I'll say yes
16 Nope. Scored fewer goals 17 Yup. All 82.
8.5/17. Meh. It was worse than last year's predictions, like I predicted... so does that mean I'm 9.5/18?
Oh and I was wrong about the team's place. I thought the jumble would be 5-9, it turned out to be 6-11. So it was bigger than I thought and started later. And we were out of the jumble, so wrong there too. Also wrong about absolute place, I thought 8th but we were 13th.