Behind Getzlaf, Ducks on the hunt
Star forward should reach new heights in 2009-10 season
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.
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2009 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
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