3 Takeaways From the Ducks' Series Against the Golden Knights

3 Takeaways From the Ducks' Series Against the Golden Knights

January 17th, 2021 With the sounding of the horn inside T-Mobile Arena, the Anaheim Ducks have concluded their first series of the 2020-21 NHL season. The 56-game sprint will involve plenty more two-game series, and, thanks to a shortened training camp and no preseason, there are plenty of things to take away after...
Ducks Prospects: Colangelo, Andersson, Drew & More

Ducks Prospects: Colangelo, Andersson, Drew & More

January 16th, 2021 We’re back with a prospect update and the first of 2021! The Anaheim Ducks have a few new additions to the prospect pool, so it’s time to recap and analyze their performances. Welcome back to our series updating you on some of the Ducks’ top prospects and picks from the 2020 NHL Entry...

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January 14th, 2021
Ducks Prospects

The 2020-21 NHL season started on Wednesday night and one of the Vancouver Canucks’ top prospects found the back of the net for his first goal. A Montreal Canadiens’ recent draft returned to the ice and picked up right where he left off. A pair of prospects had big nights in the NCAA ranks and the son of an NHL great his honored in juniors. Hoglander Shines in Debut Nils Hoglander will not be considered a prospect much longer. If he continues to play as he did in his Canucks debut last night, it won’t be long before he is referred to as an NHL star. Vancouver selected the Swedish winger in the second round (40th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and looks just as good as advertised. After getting his first NHL point by assisting on Bo Horvat’s opening goal, Hoglander scored his first goal, late in the second period, off a rebound from a Tanner Pearson shot.   "I couldn't believe it when the puck went it,"...
January 13th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

Welcome to the third edition of the Anaheim Ducks' roundtable discussion. With the 2020-21 NHL season just around the corner, Ducks hockey will finally be back after a 10-month layoff. In preparation for the new season, our cohort of writers — Anthony Ciardelli, Eddy Jones, Stephen Dohner and myself, Derek Lee — discussed our season expectations, players to watch and much more for the Ducks' 2020-21 season. What Are Your Expectations for the Ducks This Season? Anthony - Improvement From Last Season I want to see improvement. By the time the season ends, I want to see a team that people think is primed for a playoff appearance next season. Let’s be honest with ourselves; there are already three teams in the West Division that are better than the Ducks in the Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues. There isn’t a clear-cut favorite among the remaining teams, but I’m not convinced the Ducks are better than the Los Angeles Kings at this...
January 12th, 2021
Editor's Choice

The NHL season is finally at our doorstep, and Anaheim Ducks fans already have their first stimulating trade rumor to digest. Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois and his agent Pat Brisson have informed Columbus that he wants out. That came as he signed a two-year contract with the team. The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun listed the Ducks as one of seven teams that would be a good fit for a trade. (From 'LeBrun: 7 landing spots for Pierre-Luc Dubois that make sense).' The Athletic, 01/08/2021) The Ducks have many prospects that the Blue Jackets need, and they should not be afraid to part with a couple. With that in mind, let's explore what that could be.  Blue Jackets Need to Restock Before figuring out precisely who the Ducks might offer in a trade, it makes sense to figure out what the Blue Jackets need. One popular rumor surrounding Dubois is that the Winnipeg Jets should trade Patrik Laine for Dubois in a "hockey trade." That's all well and good for the...
January 12th, 2021
Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights kick off the 2020-21 NHL season with a two-game series against the Anaheim Ducks. Coming into this series, the Golden Knights are looking to continue their success against their divisional foes, while, on the other hand, Anaheim is looking to re-establish itself as one of the tougher teams in the West.  Ducks vs. Golden Knights Although this matchup is fairly new, Vegas has been able to control the all-time series against Anaheim. The Golden Knights and Ducks have played 12 games against each other and Vegas has won 10 of those contests. In this series, the Golden Knights have outscored the Ducks 45-24 and are averaging 3.75 goals per game. Looking at these numbers, Vegas has shown why they have been a dominant force in the West.  Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler and Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith watch as a shot by Golden Knights' William Karlsson goes by Ducks goaltender John Gibson. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) However, there is a new factor entering...
January 11th, 2021
Ducks History

This wasn’t the most eventful date in National Hockey League history, but there was a huge win in Philadelphia in 1976. Fans in Edmonton and Los Angeles had a lot to cheer about while there were plenty of personal milestones hit as well. Let’s strap in and go for our daily trip through the decades. Flyers Take Down the Red Army The Soviet Red Army team made their first trip to North America in late 1975 to be four exhibition games with NHL clubs. After sandwiching a tie with the Montreal Canadiens in between beating the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, the elite Russian squad headed to the Spectrum, on Jan 11, 1976, to take on the Philadelphia Flyers. Head coach Ray Shero had his team play the same type of hockey that won them the previous two Stanley Cups. They clogged up the neutral zone, established puck possession and hit anything in red that moved. It was a brand of hockey the Soviets had not seen in their previous three games and they could not figure out how to...
January 7th, 2021
Ducks Prospects

Defenseman Jake Sanderson and Team USA won gold over defenseman Jamie Drysdale and Team Canada at the 2021 World Junior Championship (WJC). Some would tell you that this is Sanderson’s second major upset over Drysdale in the past three months. Jake Sanderson and Team USA beat Jamie Drysdale and Team Canada to win the 2021 World Junior Championship. Prior to the tournament, eight of 10 experts at the Sporting News picked Canada to win gold, while just two predicted Team USA on top of the podium. The morning of the game, MSN Sports picked Team Canada. That article cited the wagering site DraftKings.com as having the Canadians the betting favorite at -200, with the Americans at +135. Sanderson Unexpectedly Selected Ahead of Drysdale in the NHL’s 2020 Entry Draft More than a year prior to the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, most prognosticators ranked Drysdale as the top defenseman available. Sanderson was, at best, an afterthought that far out. But, as you can...

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Anaheim Ducks Logo History

Despite that they've only been around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking a walk down memory lane. After he 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... November 30th, 2020

The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History

Originally published in Sept. 2013, but updated recently, here's a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Anaheim Ducks' existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft. While solid drafting and player... May 14th, 2020

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