Cup Scouting Report: Ducks

Opponents provide breakdown on how to battle, beat Anaheim

Originally Published: April 28, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider

Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim DucksChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesRyan Getzlaf deserves some Hart Trophy consideration for his play in 2013.

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."