By AJ Manderichio
With preseason underway and the 2014-15 regular season on the horizon, AnaheimDucks.com is previewing each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with Mark Fistric.
Mark Fistric identifies Scott Stevens as his favorite NHL player growing up. While the two may have different playing styles, one thing is abundantly clear – Fistric shares Stevens’ love for dishing out big hits.
Fistric brought the boom to the Ducks’ blueline last season, finishing second on the team in hits (142) in just 34 games. That’s an average of over four hits per game and played perfectly to the strength of the 6-2, 225-pound defenseman. Signed in August before last season, Fistric became an important piece to the puzzle.
The former first round pick of the Dallas Stars isn’t going to wow fans with his offensive numbers – he posted just five points (1g/4a) last season – but his impact is felt in the defensive end. In 13 of his final 14 games, he posted a plus-7 rating.
While not an everyday player, Fistric managed to stay in the lineup for long stretches last season, and looked to round into form during the second half of the season. A lower body injury shelved him for the final 14 games of the regular season but couldn’t keep him out of the postseason.
Fistric, who went six years without making the playoffs, dressed for five postseason games last spring. He was part of the team’s comeback in Game 6 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, against his former team, the Stars.
The Ducks rewarded Fistric with a three-year contract extension on January 29, 2014, keeping him in Anaheim through the 2016-17 season.
One of the highlights for the Anaheim Ducks came on January 25, 2014, when they shut out the rival Los Angeles Kings during the nationally televised 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. While he didn’t score one of the team’s three goals in the victory, Fistric made sure to leave a few bumps and bruises along the way.
He finished that game with a season-high nine hits in just under 14 minutes of work.
BY THE NUMBERS
21:33: Fistric logged a season-high 21:33 TOI during a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on January 30.
9: His plus/minus rating from last season, the second highest rating of his career. Fistric finished a plus-27 for the Dallas Stars during the 2009-10 season.
142: Despite playing in just 34 games, Fistric finished second on the team with 142 hits, an average of over four hits per game.