The 2010-11 season was decent for the Anaheim Ducks, considering they are in a transition phase. Starting last year and continuing into this year, the Ducks will be replacing some of their aging players with young talent in the system.
The projected depth chart below assumes Teemu Selanne will return for virtually the same salary as last year. In addition, Brandon McMillan, Nick Bonino, Matt Beleskey and Dan Sexton will all be counted on to be NHL regulars, and not going back and forth from the NHL to the AHL. One spot on the right side is expected to go to either Kyle Palmieri, who saw some action last year, or top prospect Emerson Etem.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Ducks bought out Dan Ellis and re-signed Ray Emery, but that would need to happen tomorrow at noon to meet the June 30 deadline. Barring any trades, what you see is what you get from the defense. It is up front where you can expect to see Anaheim use some of its $7.3M cap space. They could search the UFA market for a #2/#3 center, but will find slim pickings. They may have better luck on the trade market; perhaps looking to Florida for Stephen Weiss.
ANAHEIM DUCKS 2011-12 (using CAPGEEK CAP CALCULATOR)
Bobby Ryan ($5.100m) / Ryan Getzlaf ($5.325m) / Corey Perry ($5.325m)
Brandon McMillan ($0.875m) / Saku Koivu ($2.500m) / Teemu Selanne ($4.500m est)
Jason Blake ($4.000m) / 2ND-3RD CENTER ($0.000m) / Kyle Palmieri ($1.025m)
Matt Beleskey ($0.737m) / Nick Bonino ($0.850m est) / Dan Sexton ($0.850m est)
George Parros ($0.875m)
Lubomir Visnovsky ($5.600m) / Toni Lydman ($3.000m)
Francois Beauchemin ($3.800m) / Cam Fowler ($1.400m)
Andy Sutton ($2.125m) / Luca Sbisa ($2.175m)
Sheldon Brookbank ($0.750m)
Jonas Hiller ($4.500m) / Dan Ellis ($1.500m)
BUYOUTS: Nathan Oystrick ($0.183m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000
CAP PAYROLL: $56,995,833
CAP SPACE: $7,304,167
On the whole, assuming Hiller can stay healthy, this roster is good enough to make the postseason. The thing that has hurt them in recent years has been forward depth outside of their top line. If they can get production out of their young players, that should make for an exciting team to watch in 2011-12.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.