The Better Man Wins
It comes down to this, who wins the battle of prospects and veterans? Prospects have taken the wing and goaltending, while the veterans have the center locked down. And with the defense, it looks like the veterans win here, making it 3-2 still in favor of the prospects. The core veterans on defense are great, with Fowler, Lindholm, and Manson being the focal points, and they can and will fill their roles as solid defensemen.
Del Zotto will also pitch in some great play to help the core, while Holzer and Wideman might weigh the defense as a whole down. The prospects are both somewhat mysteries with their potential of either being amazing or just okay, but with Eakins to develop them, they’ll still make fine additions to an already solid defensive core when healthy.
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In the end, the prospects won a close battle, and it really could go either way with different eyes. The key for the youth is the wing, which reigns supreme in young players, while the key for the veterans is the defense with three special core veterans. Keep in mind that the roster is still subject to change, but for now, it’s all based on what the NHL and Hockey Reference list the roster as. So, with these listed players, it will be a very strong and young team with the veterans to help bring out the best of the prospects.
A team is a team no matter what, so the prospects and veterans will all have to mesh together to give the Ducks a real chance to contend. And with a young star goaltender, a great young core of wingers and defensemen, and a great veteran center presence, the Ducks might just not do as bad as some of the experts project them to do.
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