All throughout August, the NHL’s website has been spotlighting one team a day for their “30 in 30″ feature (30 teams in 30 days). Today was the Anaheim Ducks’ turn at bat. NHL.com posted a handful of articles, discussing everything from the Ducks’ top prospects, our retooled defence, Hiller and the team’s bounce-back potential, fantasy hockey tips, potential top lines, and more.
Each article is preceeded by the following video of E.J. Hradek analyzing the team, and it’s not too flatering. He discusses the Ducks’ poor start last season, trade rumors, and other questions still remaining regarding the current roster, finally concluding that the Ducks in the coming season are “still short of a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference.”
Take a look:
Is E.J. Hradek correct? How do you feel? If the Ducks can get off to a better start under new coach Bruce Boudreau, will it bridge the gap into the post-season?
Here are all the articles NHL.com posted for today’s Anaheim Ducks 30-in-30 treament:
- Forwards are fluid; defense looks set in Anaheim
Proposes that “any improvements up front are likely to come a few young, internal candidates,” and discusses some potential (possibly questionable) line pairings. Also includes a fantasy hockey preview of the team.
- Hiller holds key for Anaheim’s bounce-back potential
Discusses Hiller’s health concerns last season, his outlook heading into this season, and the importance of him re-emerging as an elite goaltender.
- Boudreau, top line are biggest questions for Ducks
Six questions that the Ducks are facing going in to the new season.
- Ducks counting on Hiller, Selanne to return to playoffs
Discusses the potential of Anaheim having a bounce-back season.
- Etem, Palmieri top list of Ducks’ best prospects
The top ten prospects in the Ducks’ deep pool of future NHLers.
Was NHL.com fair to the franchise? What do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Where do you see Anaheim this coming season? It should be an interesting year, to say the least.
Jer is ready for the season to start on time… please? Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.