Anaheim Ducks: 3 Prospects Who Should Make the Team in 2019-20

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 26: Sam Steel #34 of the Anaheim Ducks is congratulated by teammate Kiefer Sherwood #64 after scoring during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena March 26, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 26: Sam Steel #34 of the Anaheim Ducks is congratulated by teammate Kiefer Sherwood #64 after scoring during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena March 26, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Brendan Guhle #2 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on during a timeout during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center on March 03, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) /

Brendan Guhle

Brendan Guhle and Josh Mahura will likely be fighting for the open spot on the blueline up until the last minute. However, I believe that Guhle has a little bit of an extra edge that will send Mahura down to San Diego for yet another season.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a large enough sample size to accurately judge how he will perform in the Anaheim Ducks lineup after an injury kept him on the sidelines for a majority of his season with the team. Nevertheless, what we saw from him was rather impressive.

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After losing Brandon Montour, the Ducks are in need of another offensively-minded defenseman. While Guhle seems to be a decent two-way defenseman, his skill set is geared towards having more of an offensive instinct.

When he slotted into the lineup last season, he had instant chemistry with fellow defenseman, Cam Fowler. For years, the Anaheim Ducks have been looking for a partner who can both keep up and push Fowler to be his best, and Guhle could very well be that player as the Ducks look to transition to a faster-paced game.

Guhle, along with Troy Terry, could be one of the pieces that helps the Ducks fix their broken power-play units as well. He is fast, dynamic, and although he is young, he is incredibly smart on the ice. If his development continues to trend upward, he could be the perfect player to round out the Anaheim Ducks Top 4.

Prediction: Brendan Guhle will be given a position as one of the Anaheim Ducks Top 4 defenseman. It is likely that he will slot in as their second LD alongside Cam Fowler. 

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