May 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks fans celebrate after a goal in the first period of game one of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ducks Links: Top Offseason Moments, 5 Underrated Ducks

Here are your Anaheim Ducks daily links for Aug. 25, 2014. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy some light reading on your favorite hockey team.

Anaheim Ducks Top 3 Moments of the NHL Offseason – Nadia Archuleta

Besides acquiring Ryan Kesler, the Ducks went shopping at the Minnesota Wild store. They acquired defenseman Clayton Stoner and forward Dany Heatley from the Wild, both as free agents.

Stoner is a stay-at-home defenseman, so he doesn’t have the big numbers. However, going back to size, he’s a big guy at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. According to Sporting Charts, Stoner saw only a little over 13 minutes per game in the 2013-14 season, yet he managed an average of over four blocked shots and seven hits per game. That’s a level of physicality the Ducks can use.

The acquisition of Ryan Kesler was clearly the move that made the most noise, but it might be the “small” deals that could turn the Ducks from a good team to a great team.

5 of the Anaheim Ducks’ Most Underrated Players Bobby Kittleberger 

Historically such players have played crucial roles for the Ducks. Think back to Steve Thomas‘ performance in Anaheim’s run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003, or Brad May and Sean O’Donnell with the 2007 championship squad.

Like many teams, Anaheim has relied on its depth players and unsung heroes.

These players are under-appreciated, overworked and yet handsomely compensated.

Players that are deemed “underrated” usually are the ones that become fan favorites. Surely you know someone who owns the jersey of at least one (maybe two) of these Ducks players.

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