The Numbers And Statistics
Before Henry and his wife, Susan Samueli, purchased the franchise, the Mighty Ducks had a record of 338-400-107-25. Since they bought the team in 2005, they’ve gone on to have a record of 606-371-137, and they even recorded their best record in franchise history with a 54-20-8 record in 2013-2014. Despite their playoff woes and Game 7 demons, the Anaheim Ducks have been only one or two games short of the Finals twice, while Michael Eisner’s Mighty Ducks only made it past round two once in 2003.
The Ducks had an era of pure California dominance ranking up there with the 1971-1975 Oakland A’s (five straight AL West pennants), the 2013-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers (six straight NL West pennants), and the 2014-2019 Golden State Warriors (five straight Pacific Division championships.) In total, they’ve claimed six Pacific Division titles with Henry Samueli at the helm, compared to the zero titles that Eisner and Disney won.
Even looking at their three years missing the playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks did not dip under 80 points, and they have maintained decent placement in the Western Conference. Eisner’s ownership saw eight whole seasons without even making the playoffs through his eleven seasons in charge. Twice they found themselves at the bottom of the Pacific, and even once at the bottom of the Western Conference (2000-2001).