Today in Hockey History: March 23

Today in Hockey History: March 23

March 23rd, 2020 While there are still no new hockey games to talk about, we will continue our look back at the rich history of the sport. On this date, the greatest goal scorer to ever play took his spot at the top of the mountain. Also, one of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the National Hockey League...
Weekly Prospect Report: Francis, Caufield, NHL Draft, Chromiak & More

Weekly Prospect Report: Francis, Caufield, NHL Draft, Chromiak & More

March 23rd, 2020 Welcome to the Weekly Prospect Report. Here, we’ll take a look at some key names over the past week that are a big part of the next wave of NHL stars. This column will dive into both NHL-affiliated and draft-eligible prospects, focusing mainly on those outside the NHL. Related: Weekly...

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March 8th, 2020
Ducks History

With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks aren't mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but it's safe to say the season is over. They currently sit 27th in the NHL, and after drafting ninth overall last June, they are primed for another top-10 pick on June 26 in Montreal. Related: 2008 NHL Draft - 5 Forgotten Picks Until recently, the Ducks had to do most of their damage late in the first round and beyond. In fact, they've only had three top 10 picks in the last 14 years. With all the success they've had in the draft, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft makes a case to be the Ducks' most successful of all time. It's their only draft in which every single player selected played in at least one NHL game, three of which still play prominent roles on the Ducks' roster today. It's time to sit back and reminisce about the Anaheim Ducks' 2011 NHL Entry Draft. No. 30 Overall: Rickard Rakell What could go down as one of the best trades in Ducks history...
March 7th, 2020
Ducks History

A lot has changed since 2014. Barack Obama was still president of the United States, Connor McDavid was still playing for the Erie Otters and the Anaheim Ducks were still a Stanley Cup contender. With nearly six years of hindsight, it’s been long enough that the Ducks 2014 NHL Draft can be analyzed to measure the effect it had on the team and its future. Four of the Ducks’ five picks that draft played a significant number of NHL games for the team, yet the only one who is still Ducks property is somehow only a junior in college. Let’s take a look at the 2014 draft and see the effect it had on the franchise. The Price of Contending In 2014, the Ducks were a contender and had been nearly every season since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. As a result, general manager Bob Murray and the Ducks were buyers in 2013 and 2014 and made numerous moves to improve the team. That included blockbusters like the Ryan Kesler and Bobby Ryan trades, which rearranged their draft assets...
February 28th, 2020
Ducks Prospects

We’re finally back with a prospect update! The Anaheim Ducks have a new addition to the prospect pool so it’s time to recap and analyze their performances. Here’s the seventh edition of our series updating you on some of the Ducks’ top prospects and picks from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Trevor Zegras Continues to Impress Some players might slow down in the second half of a long season, especially after playing overseas in the World Junior Championship. That's not the case for Trevor Zegras. He's been almost unstoppable for Boston University since returning from the tournament, posting 15 points in 14 games played. His most notable contribution? A last-second buzzer-beater to send the Beanpot final to overtime. https://twitter.com/NESN/status/1227072033776979968 He now sits third in NCAA rookie scoring with 1.10 points per game. Only Alex Newhook (1.20) and Nick Abruzzese (1.37) have produced at a higher rate. He has 33 points in 30 games played for Boston...
February 26th, 2020
Ducks Transactions

The Anaheim Ducks had a busy trade deadline. First, they traded Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins in return for a first-round pick, Axel Andersson and David Backes. Monday morning, they traded Derek Grant to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center Kyle Criscuolo and a conditional fourth-round pick and sent Nick Ritchie to the Bruins for Danton Heinen. Related: NHL's 600-Goal Club When all was said and done, the Ducks traded away six NHL players and two minor leaguers including Daniel Sprong. Anaheim didn’t have any major rentals to offer this season, but general manager Bob Murray managed to net draft capital and add cheap, young players who can improve the team's speed and skill. Derek Grant Flies to Philly Last week, I made a case for the Ducks to keep Grant. In addition to his production, management could lock down some consistency on their fourth line. However, I understand why they made the trade. Why focus on fourth-line consistency and depth scoring...
February 25th, 2020
Ducks History

Throughout his entire 20-year NHL career, winger Steve Thomas had an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. His 78 career game-winning goals are more than Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne, Alex Delvecchio, Jari Kurri, Bryan Trottier, Jean Ratelle, Martin St. Louis, Darryl Sittler, or any number of other Hall of Famers, Stanley Cup-winners and All-Stars ever scored. The somewhat diminutive winger nicknamed "Stumpy" was a perennial "Johnny-on-the-spot" for his entire NHL career. Thomas scored 421 times during the regular season over a stretch of 1,235 games. Many of those tallies were generated by his downright tenaciousness for puck pursuit. A two-time 40-goal scorer, Thomas likely would have hit the 50-goal plateau at least once in his career if it were not for his 1,306 penalty minutes. In the twilight of his career, Thomas became the feel-good type of player whom you just wanted to see get his name on the Cup. After so many years in the league, so many...
February 24th, 2020
Ducks Transactions

Friday morning, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they had traded Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins in return for David Backes, defensive prospect Axel Andersson and a first-round pick. Some Ducks fans and media reacted negatively to the news, while the Bruins contingent were mostly happy. https://twitter.com/ReindeerGames91/status/1230913488488292354 https://twitter.com/YahooSportsNHL/status/1230913064427495425 This trade isn't as cut and dry as some think it is for both teams. Those who are ready to declare the deal a victory for Boston cite the Bruins ridding themselves of 75% of Backes' cap hit and acquiring a player like Kase. Meanwhile, those who frowned on the Ducks trade disapproved of the prospect they received in Andersson and trading a player who still showed flashes of high-end ability. But, this trade isn't one-sided at all and might turn out better for the Ducks than it will for the Bruins. A Maple Leaf in the Wind A major complaint of the trade...

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Anaheim Ducks Logo History

Despite only being around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking walks down memory lane. After he previously spent parts of six seasons with the team, the then-Mighty Ducks brought back Teemu Selanne for the 2005-06 season (and the eight that followed), four years after shipping... December 10th, 2019

Anaheim Ducks Primer for 2017-18

If you're looking for a team that accepts bandwagon fans with open arms, look no further than the Anaheim Ducks. Although blessed with recent postseason (and regular season) success, the Ducks are still a very small hockey market with a fan base that struggles to fill the stadium. Against more... August 22nd, 2017

The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History

Originally published in Sept. 2013, a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Ducks' existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft.  While solid drafting and player development played a big part in the... July 23rd, 2017