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Cup Scouting Report: Ducks

Ryan Getzlaf deserves some Hart Trophy consideration for his play in 2013. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Craig Custance chats with rival scouts and players to break down the strengths and weaknesses of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks absolutely ran away with a Pacific Division race that went down to the wire last season. And yet, when you talk to people around the rinks, they're a team mentioned less frequently as a dangerous playoff team than division rivals Los Angeles and San Jose.

Maybe it's because one is the reigning champ and the other a sleeper pick gaining steam as an underdog. But the Stanley Cup buzz surrounding the Ducks is minimal, a sign that there are still doubters despite a strong regular season.

"They're a good team," said one long-time scout. "But they haven't gotten any better."

That doesn't mean they're not dangerous.

"The Ducks are a team that has two really, really good first lines that can hurt you at any time," said a veteran defenseman. "They definitely have the skill up front with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu -- you name it."