6. How many points do the Ducks end the season with and where do they end up in the Pacific?
Brad Senecal: 75 point range- I may seem like the pessimist here but I see the Anaheim Ducks having at least one more season at the bottom of the standings. The division will be Vegas’ to lose as they have way too much talent to not run the division. Edmonton also has too much talent not to be in the playoffs and as long as they are not forced to lean on their depth they will be fine.
The rest of the division is wide open; Vancouver and Calgary both have a lot of talent but have struggled to put a full season together as well as translating playoff success, Seattle is still going to be the great unknown with solid depth and while they do not have anyone who is going to light up the score sheet, they do have a Vezina runner up for a goaltender.
Finally, San Jose and Los Angeles both could push for the playoffs for opposite reasons, the Sharks relying on their veterans bouncing back and having a good season, while the Kings are hoping to see one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL take a step in the right direction. Look for the Ducks to be the bottom feeders again.
TJ Watson: 3rd place, 90 pts. Outside of VGK and EDM, ANA is the next best team. Not sold on CGY and VAN bc they are overrated. Seattle we don’t know, LAK and SJS are on the downside. The Ducks can make some noise and make their way back into the playoffs.
Chris Bushell: Not sure about the points but I think the Anaheim Ducks could finish anywhere between 3-6th place. If all the kids take a step together then I can see them battle for a 3-4th in the division and once you’re in, who knows. I don’t see them falling further than 6th as LA, Seattle, and San Jose are all worse than they are. I think a fun year is in store and hopefully competing for a playoff spot this year!!
Ciara Durant: 6th in the division, 80 points- I don’t have a ton of confidence in the Anaheim Ducks this season, especially with Bob Murray coming to accept the fact that his team is in a rebuild. With that being said, the Pacific Division is a giant mystery bag. Vegas seems like the consensus number one, and Edmonton will likely be in the top 3. However, outside of that, it’s a wash.
I’m looking back on the 2018-19 season to make my best guess. It was their last full season before the pandemic started, and they had a very similar lineup. The Ducks are in a little bit of a better situation as far as their coaching staff goes, and they also have the opportunity to deploy some of their more talented players full-time, and there are hopes that their younger but slightly most experienced players will continue to step up. In the end, I think Anaheim is slightly below the .500 mark at the end of the season, but not by much.
I do, however, think that they will still land in the bottom of the league and the division, giving them a run at a very exciting prospect come the Draft. Brad Lambert 2022?
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