What would happen if the Anaheim Ducks’ roster was completely made up of ex-players?
As is necessary, every now and again, we need to escape the crazy, unpredictability of the NHL offseason, especially in today’s climate. After over seven months without hockey, we know that Anaheim Ducks fans are getting a little restless. With that being said, today we’re going to take a more light-hearted approach to the “what if” scenario.
Over the years, Bob Murray has had a habit of trading away or letting our favorite players walk in free agency. As they have gone on to play with other teams, a lot of “what if’s” have crept into our minds.
So today we ask the question: What would a roster of only former Anaheim Ducks players look like and how successful would this roster be? In order to properly answer this question, we must first lay down some ground rules.
The rules are pretty straight forward and simple. To be considered for the roster, a player must currently be active in the NHL. They must also have played at least one game for the Anaheim Ducks in their career.
Now, in the interest of predicting individual player success, I am going to use a model created by Dom Luszczyszyn of the Athletic. He has created one of the most-referenced models for projecting game-value for every single player in the league by combining box score and advanced metrics.
What comes of this is a number that shows how “effective” that player was. This is called their GSVA (game score value-added). For reference, the best GSVA for the 2019-20 season was Auston Matthews with a 4.93, and the lowest was Jack Johnson with a -0.92.