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Behind Getzlaf, Ducks on the hunt

Star forward should reach new heights in 2009-10 season

Originally Published: August 17, 2009
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, continuing into the Pacific Division on Monday with the Ducks.

Summer Skate -- Anaheim Ducks


Last season Anaheim struggled to make the playoffs as a team with a near-even goal differential and 91 points, but was still able to upset the Sharks in the first round. The Ducks regrouped in the offseason and pulled off a blockbuster deal on draft day that sent Chris Pronger to Philadelphia for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and two first-round picks. Add in the signing of Saku Koivu and the Ducks now look to overtake San Jose for the Pacific crown, particularly with one of their players projecting to be one of the league's 10 best in 2009-10.

To see which player could soar, which could sink and which could be a potential impact prospect, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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