Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.
Ilya Bryzgalov back in Anaheim, getting defensive in Winnipeg, moving up in Columbus, and a major night for a goalie in Toronto who has earned his respect. It's all in my Friday Four:
1. Curious case of the Anaheim Ducks
OK, the Ducks are playing well. They've won five in a row. They are an excellent team. They lead the League with 43 points. They've done all this in spite of some major injuries, particularly to Corey Perry, who is still out.
Give credit to the guys that have stepped up, like Matt Beleskey. He has 14 goals. Compare and contrast that to a lot of star players who don't have 14 goals. He's been a great story. He has elevated his game this season by taking advantage of increased looks and more ice time.
The Ducks have tons of depth. That speaks to their drafting and developing, which I have mentioned before. They have one of the richest stocks of young talent in the NHL. Look at the young guys who played last season and now this season, and they're still first in the League.
But it's a curious case of how this whole thing with Ilya Bryzgalov signing went down. I don't get it.