Commentary

Summer Skate: Anaheim Ducks

Another playoff appearance glosses over the fact the Ducks lack depth

Updated: September 13, 2011, 1:14 PM ET
By Rob Vollman and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus
Lubomir VisnovskyDebora Robinson/NHLI/Getty ImagesWith competition for ice time, Lubomir Visnovsky's production will likely decline.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Anaheim. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Anaheim Ducks

A fantastic record in one-goal games helped Anaheim secure its fifth postseason appearance since the lockout despite being absolutely dominated at even strength all year.

Excellent performances by Ryan Getzlaf, Lubomir Visnovsky, Bobby Ryan, Jonas Hiller, the ageless Teemu Selanne and Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry covered up Anaheim's troubling lack of secondary talent.

Still, there's at least one blueliner in line for a huge season, per VUKOTA's projections. And it's probably not the one you'd guess.


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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.