The D & Goaltending in capsule form

Posted: 03/09/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Overall Ducks fall off on the back line can be traced to Lubomir Visnovsky and Toni Lydman. With Lubo it’s widely believed he hasn’t recovered from shoulder surgery as pointed out recently by our own bbdux93. It seems like forever since Visnovsky took a slap shot. Lydman, who also had shoulder surgery doesn’t get the same benefit of the doubt as Vis does. This could be due to fans seeing that Lydman is often caught out of position this season. Opposing players are getting behind him with regularity. It’s quite possible that neither be with our Ducks come October.

Francois Beauchemin has at last answered the question, can he be effective away from Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer. Beach is having a career year. His work ethic and willingness to sacrifice for his teammates has elevated Francois Beauchemin to level of heart and soul player.

Cam Fowler has improved though it isn’t showing up in his stats yet. His offense is down a bit because he’s paying attention to defense. His defensive stats are about the same as last season because he’s still learning. Next season we should begin to see Cam put it all together. Much like Luca Sbisa has done this year.

Luca Sbisa is arguably our most improved player on the back line. I say arguably because the jury was out on Francois Beauchemin as well. The rule of thumb is that it takes five years of NHL experience to develop an NHL D-man. Luca is a prime example of how improved training and teaching techniques is shortening the learning curve.

Sheldon Brookbank is our Ducks working man’s hero. He’s really blossomed into a solid all-round depth D-man. In a pinch you can send him out on special teams or as a fourth line forward. Sheldon has really become a hockey player’s player.

Between the pipes it’s Jonas Hiller or dial 911. Pro goalies I know snicker and make bad jokes when I speak well of Dan Ellis and Jeff Deslauriers. It’s okay I can’t take it but a genuine #1 and a solid backup should be on the GM’s shopping list during the money season.

  1. I’ve said this many times over the past few months – we should have been sellers at the trade deadline. Just like the prices were high to buy, the prices would have been high (in our favour) to sell…staying pat at the deadline really sat bad with me. It still does.

    All in all, I like our D. Don’t get me wrong here – we’re in true need of a # 1. If we get that (somehow??) and Fowler, Sbisa, Brookbank, and Beauch don’t disappoint going forward…well, I think we’ll have something aiming in the right direction.

    I’ve heard a lot of people call out Getz this year…and not just on his current year performance, but on his future year potential. You’ve been one of them Brad. But I’ve got to say I’m torn on this. This is really Getz’s first bad year. Perhaps bad is an understatement. HORRIBLE. Even with this year though, he still has 461 points in 491 games. Those #s are number 1 center numbers to me…too much success to be a bust at this point. so much success that I have a hard time believing that Getz will continue to play the way he is playing long term.

    And can you expand on your Hiller comments? Don’t think he’s a # 1 tender?



  2. On a separate note…league scoring is way down this year. Ovechkin, the Sedins, Zetterberg, Iginla, Getzlaf…lots of players who in the past have been above a point per game are below that mark this year. Some more than others *cough* Getzlaf *cough*.

  3. czhokej says:

    Blake, whom would you trade and how would you rebuild the team? I was not in favor of selling people. I was just hoping that Bruce Boudreau would be able to transform Getzlaf into a productive player and shooter (given his talent, and physical ability – it’s possible). What bothers me (and Gabby said it inderectly too) that Getzlaf is not coachable. He has the hardest shot on the team, and it looks like the only way to make him shoot the puck more is putting him on the point.

  4. I would trade Ryan Getzlaf or Bobby Ryan straight up for Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglein, Washington’s John Carlson or Vancouver’s Alexander Edler. I would package either with Lubo or Toni Lydman for Shea Weber or Duncan Keith.

    Rip the ‘C’ from Getzlaf’ jersey and give to Sheldon Brookbank or anybody else who actually give his all every time he steps on the ice.

    Hiller is back. I wasn’t convinced earlier in the season. But is he another guy who takes October and November off?

  5. czhokej says:

    I still see more potential in Bobby Ryan than Getzlaf (for almost the same amount of $$$). I believe that neither Lubo nor Toni are completely healthy. But otherwise I agree. We need size, and aggressiveness. Byfuglien can also play forward, and create a havoc in front of the goal in the offensive zone.
    Our GM has important decisions to make, and it will not be easy. Goaltending – we need a back-up. But our main problem is scoring. During the last 14 games, we scored only 27 goals, i.e. less than 2 goals a game (one of the worst averages in the league). Other teams had much more luck with young forwards.

  6. tearingitup says:

    Seems like any aggressiveness has seeped out of this team…..I understand they know that the season is maybe over, but let us get it right for the next season

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