Anaheim Ducks: Rise of the New Guard In 2019-2020

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 05: Anaheim Ducks players react after center Carter Rowney (24) scored a gaol in the first period of a game against the Los Angeles Kings played on April 5, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 05: Anaheim Ducks players react after center Carter Rowney (24) scored a gaol in the first period of a game against the Los Angeles Kings played on April 5, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Fans in the stands holding signs during a game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals played on February 17, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Keep the Faith

This segment belongs mostly to the fans. We’ve been waiting for the Anaheim Ducks to get back to the promised land, and to experience what other teams have experienced in winning the Stanley Cup. Last year was hard for all Ducks fans, experiencing other teams being able to easily sweep past us when we were most vulnerable. We were wondering when this nightmare would end, and we don’t want to relive that. All us fans are hoping that with the new talents stepping onto the ice, things can look up. But, with those aspirations, I must caution all Ducks fans of one thing.

This season isn’t going to be an easy one, and that’s the unfortunate truth. The younger skaters will have their slumps and will have to find ways to break through in order to play to the best of their abilities. When that happens, don’t give up on them, keep the faith that they will find a way to break out and get back to finding their style of play.

It also comes back to the veterans as well. They’re facing a lot of pressure as well to make sure last year is a thing of the past. They will fall, they will grow weary, and they’ll grow tired, but when those times arise, stay with them. Be the hypothetical wind beneath their wings by supporting them in order to keep them moving.

This team will have plenty of struggles and doubtful experiences, but they have the potential to rewind the clock to 2003. They have that potential to go back to when they weren’t expected to go on the run they did. But thanks to the mixtures of youthful exuberance along with vets to lead the way, they got all the way to the last game of the year. This group of Ducks reminds me of that 2003 group, and with them being doubted, that doubt might be the spark that gets this team to fight back and reclaim what has eluded them for so long.