The All-Star break is officially here and all the “stars” will be pitted against each other. I’ve decided to create a top line using only the top players on the Ducks so far this season.
Since its been a rough season (until recently), most of the Ducks top players have not been performing to their usual talent. I’m not necessarily going with numbers alone, but also their impact on the team.
Teemu Selanne- No surprise here. Selanne was invited to the All-Star Game but politely declined and offered for Perry to go in his place. He leads the team in points, has the second best +/- rating (+7) and has 45 points in 48 games (15g, 30a). When the Ducks were sturggling, he was the only one actually doing anything and he NEVER gave up. I don’t think anybody would say he doesn’t deserve it.
Bobby Ryan- Ryan is my second choice. When the Ducks were getting basically nothing from their top lines, he was contributing and busting his ass to try and make something happen. He currently has 19 goals, 12 assists and a -4 in 48 games this season. Ryan is the heart and future of this club, and I never want to see him leave.
Corey Perry- Yes, MVPerry gets my third vote. The reason being are his numbers don’t lie. I don’t feel he’s been the MVP he used to be, but he’s still putting up the points. He has 22 goals, 17 assists and a -8 in 48 games. Perry has had some clutch goals and he’s slowly getting back to the MVP we all know and love. I am proud that Perry is the one to represent the Ducks.
Honorable Mentions: Jason Blake, Saku Koivu, Niklas Hagman.
Francois Beauchemin- Without a doubt the Ducks number one defenseman. They recently signed him to a 3 year contract extension, which was a smart move. Beauchemin plays a great two-way game and does it all. Beauch is also a great special teams player. He has 6 goals, 12 assists and a +1 in 48 games.
Lubomir Visnovsky- I was stuck between Lubo and Sbisa for this one. I went with Visnovsky because he is a better two-way player as well as having the ability to perform admirably on the special teams. Lubo has 5 goals, 12 assists and a -2 rating in 35 games. He, along with Beauchemin, is a veteran of the game and is the foundation of our defense.
Honorable Mentions: Luca Sbisa, Cam Fowler
This one is a bit obvious, considering the Ducks really only play one goaltender… Here’s my top two goaltenders, and who I would rather the two Ducks goaltenders.
Jonas Hiller- Hiller’s record is currently 15-18-7 with a 2.81 goals against average and a .907 save %. With a decent GAA, his record doesn’t exactly match his numbers. That’s partially due to the Ducks defense (or lack of) and them not scoring to help him out. Hiller has been the face of the Ducks goaltending for quite some time and I’d like him to stay.
Jeff Deslauriers- Deslauriers only played one game with the Ducks, but I thought he was great. He had a 2.00 GAA and a .929 Save %. He spent some time as the Oilers top goaltender as well as the majority of his career in the AHL. Deslauriers had good rebound control and made some great flashy saves.
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