Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ducks / Canucks: The truth about the Ducks

As most people predicted, the Ducks are on top of the Western Conference with an 11-0-4 record. They are still 5 points ahead of the resurging 2nd-place Red Wings.
I have to admit that I admire the Ducks for their current successes and for the management that created this team. The talented veterans like Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer, and Chris Pronger complement the core of skilled youth that make up the majority of this team. Oh, and having JS Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov doesn't hurt either... The Ducks are getting balanced scoring, which makes them hard to beat.
With that in mind, I would like to share with those of you who don't know this already, how the Ducks acquired some of these young stars. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

* Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, and Ryan Shannon were not drafted by the Ducks, or any team. They never made the NHL draft at all. I am suprised that these 3 guys went undetected in recent years.
The following players were all drafted by the Ducks:

* Ilya Bryzgalov - 44th overall in 2000.
* Stan Chistov - 5th overall in 2001.
* Joffrey Lupul - 7th overall in 2002. Part of the Chris Pronger deal.
* Ryan Getzlaf - 19 th overall in 2003.
* Corey Perry - 28th overall in 2003.
* Shane O'Brien - 250th overall in 2003.
* Ladislav Smid - 9th overall in 2004. Part of the Chris Pronger deal.

Talk about drafting your way to success...

* JS Giguere was acquired from the Flames in 2000 in exchange for a 2nd round pick.
* Chris Kunitz was claimed off waivers from Atlanta.
* Francois Beauchemin was acquired in the Fedorov 'dump' trade. Who's dumping now, eh Sergei?

So...yadda yadda, the Ducks are Gods now, right?
NOT YET.
The amount of quality teams that they have faced this year has been minimal. In fact, they have played the Kings twice, the Blues twice, and the Coyotes twice. There's 6 easy games already. To unveil even more realism on you: The Ducks have played a team that is currently in a playoff position ONLY 5 TIMES! That would include: The Stars, the Wild twice, the Red Wings, and the Penguins just recently, and that's being nice.
Why am I saying this? Because I am going to put my neck on the line and predict right now that the Canucks are going to hand the Ducks their FIRST regulation time loss tonight. Yeehaw!
But I am not predicting Linden to start scoring....
The Canucks will need to play a disciplined game and stay out of the penalty box especially because of those 2 megastars on Anaheim's defence. That is the biggest key to the game. We know the Canucks are going to play a tight defensive game. A few suprise players chipping in offensively would be cool.
We will get our first look at Patrick Coulombe during the regular season tonight, as Luc Bourdon was sent back to Moncton before he played his 10th game. Coulombe was a favorite of Alain Vigneault's during the preseason.

Game time: 7:00 pm Pacific
Rum? Check
Coke? Check
Foot in mouth? Fuck it!

7 Comments:

At November 9, 2006 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Good recap, Zan.

* Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, and Ryan Shannon were not drafted by the Ducks, or any team.

Actually, add Chris Kunitz to this list also, as he was signed as an undrafted free agent before Atlanta claimed him on waivers and then a few days later Anaheim claimed him back.

The Ducks have played a team that is currently in a playoff position ONLY 5 TIMES! That would include: The Stars, the Wild twice, the Red Wings, and the Penguins just recently, and that's being nice.

Throw the Rangers in on this list, and we did play the Oilers back when they were 6-2, but yeah. It's been an easy schedule.

Maybe better said: Anaheim has only played a last-year playoff team only four times (Red Wings, Stars, Rangers, Oilers). Also the Ducks have played the most home games (10) and the fewest back-to-back games (I think? 2).

All that said, is tonight the first regulation loss? Could be, but I'd buy it better if Vancouver's blue line were healthier, that's for sure.

 
At November 9, 2006 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Rick said...

And so how do the Canucks compare using your own standard?

Only three of your wins are against current-standing playoff teams.

If you take away points for OTLs, it's Nucks 16, Ducks 22.

I'm not saying who will win tonight, but your reasons don't stand up.


Honestly, if you're going to make a case for it you should simply say THEY'RE DUE!

 
At November 9, 2006 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Mitchell and Salo are no Pronger and Niedermayer, but I'd sure feel a lot better if they were dressed tonight.

Hey, isn't Sabourin supposed to start tonight?

 
At November 9, 2006 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I think I could have worded it a little differently in the way that the Ducks are not Gods yet because they have not faced alot of quality teams. That is not a justification as much for my prediction because, as Rick says, the Canucks are no better off. So yeah, thanks Gary for doing the Canuck homework for me, and really, it is more of a hunch on my part.
If Sabourin starts, I drop my prediction immediately!

 
At November 9, 2006 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

If Sabourin starts, I drop my prediction immediately!

Interestingly enough, I did a little looking back at starters vs. backups when it comes to playing the Ducks.

Starters include Cloutier, Joseph, Turco, Fernandez, Hasek, and Roloson.

Backups include Sanford, Dunham, Garon, Boucher, Weekes, Leneveu, and Thibault.

Starters: 2-6-0, 3.60 GAA, .878 sv%
Backups: 2-2-3, 3.01 GAA, .907 sv%

Maybe Sabourin's the answer?

 
At November 9, 2006 at 5:31 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Holy hell! You are the stat man!
Those stats are.....baffling me actually. I guess we could read a lot into them. I just don't know where to start.

 
At November 9, 2006 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Rick said...

Nice prediction.

 

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