With the Ducks current playoff hopes diminishing quicker and quicker each game, the Ducks need to try and change things up. I’m not saying bringing up other players will be a huge difference, but it might work.
The Ducks have had some success from some players but there are others who are doing nothing but hurting the team.
Who Needs to Go:
Devante Smith-Pelly- Sorry everybody, but he’s not cutting it. In 20 games, he has 1 goal and 1 assist with a -6 rating. I’ve never really been a fan of Smith-Pelly but he’s had his chance. He has been improving, but when the Ducks are struggling to this extent, there’s not really time for a player to slowly progress.
Maxime Macenauer- In 21 games he has 1 goal and 1 assists with a -4 rating. He was FINALLY able to make the roster, but he isn’t performing up to expectations. He needs to be a top fourth line center for the Ducks and he isn’t doing that at all. He isn’t winning faceoffs or setting up plays.
Andrew Gordon- In 23 games, he has 1 assist with a -8 rating. His performance has been completely mediocre at best. Like Smith-Pelly, he has been getting slowly better on the ice and getting used to how the game is played, but we need someone who can change things up
Who the Ducks Should Call Up:
Kyle Palmieri- In 13 games, he has 12 goals, 5 assists and a +9 rating. The kid is quick and can play the puck. Maybe he will be able to put a spark in the third lines. The Ducks could use some young energy like Palmieri.
Patrick Maroon- In 17 games, he has 8 goals and 11 assists with a +9 rating. The Ducks have called him up several times, but have yet to give him a legitimate chance. If the Ducks actually gave him consistent playing time, he might be able to prove his worth.
Dan Sexton- In 18 games, he has 4 goals and 13 assists. We have seen him with the Ducks before where he scored 4 goals and 9 assists in 47 games. He was sent down to the Crunch this season to give somebody else a chance. That clearly isn’t working, so maybe he deserves another chance.
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