Building an Anaheim Ducks Alumni Team for the EA NHL Series

2000 Season: Teemu Selanne with teammate Paul Kariya. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
2000 Season: Teemu Selanne with teammate Paul Kariya. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) /
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Ducks teammates from left, Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry hoist the Stanley Cup after beating the Ottawa Senators in game 5. The Anaheim Ducks became the first West Coast team to win the Stanley Cup after beating the Ottawa Senators 6?2 in game five at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) /

Rules and Honorable Mentions

The way this team is laid out will match the following criteria:

  • the player played and made a significant contribution to the team,
  • the player is currently not an active player
  • the player’s career and contribution was primarily with the Anaheim Ducks.

With that settled here are some honorable mentions who do not make this roster.

Scott Niedermayer: It’s tough when one of three guys who have their number retired with a franchise is not on the team, but the sad reality is that Scotty is mostly known for his days in New Jersey where he ironically enough beat the Ducks for the Cup.

Chris Pronger: Even though he won his one and only Cup in Anaheim, everybody knows Chris Pronger as a St. Louis Blues legend, which makes me think if the scenarios of Pronger not getting traded and ultimately facing a career-ending injury when he showed he could still play, one may think he could have been known first a Ducks legend.

Ryan Getzlaf: Curious if he will end up passing Teemu Selanne for the most points in Ducks history, trailing by 100, unfortunately, he is not eligible for this team though as the Captain is still currently on the roster.

Corey Perry: Even though we saw a steep decline in his production, Corey Perry will still be known as one of the greatest Ducks in their history, however, he is still playing with the Dallas Stars and that keeps him off this team.

Bobby Ryan: Similar to Perry, Ryan is still in the NHL. Based on how disastrous his stint in Ottawa has been, it may be easy to forget how great and consistent he was with the Ducks.

Jari Kurri: As mentioned earlier, Kurri is absolutely one of the all-time greats. However, he will forever be known as an Oiler. In addition, his time in Anaheim was far from his most productive.

Adam Oates: Similarly to Kurri, as he played one of his final seasons with the team, Oates was slightly more productive and helped lead the 2003 team on the Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup finals. However, Oates is definitely more known for his time in St. Louis, Boston, and Washington.

Fredrik Olausson: A guy who had three different stints with the team and was typically consistent throughout, Olausson spent a lot of time with the Jets early on in his career.

Petr Sykora: One of those guys you may forget about, however, one of the more productive players during his time with the Ducks. Nevertheless, he had great seasons with the New Jersey Devils before being traded to Anaheim only to lose to his former mates in the Cup final.

Rob Niedermayer: A fan favorite and vital cog to the playoff runs in 2003, 2006, and 2007, the younger brother of already mentioned Scott played eight productive seasons with the Florida Panthers to begin his career, and when you compare the two teams, Rob would more likely fall the Ducks’ expansion brethren.