Commentary

The quest for D

Anaheim has Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan; what they need is a stud for the blue line

Originally Published: June 21, 2010
By Philip Myrland and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Jonas HillerSteve Mitchell/US PresswireJonas Hiller had a good season in goal for the Ducks; that's not an area of need anymore.

Plugging Holes -- Anaheim Ducks

The Hole: A shutdown defenseman

The Anaheim Ducks missed the playoffs, despite having elite scorers in Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry -- and getting quality goaltending from Jonas Hiller. The team's problems were mainly on the defensive side of the puck, where they ranked second-to-last in the league with a minus-23.6 team defensive GVT. Fixing that defensive unit should be their main priority this offseason.


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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.