As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with Tim Jackman.
Every team wants to make the “big move” during a season, but it’s often the less-heralded additions that can lead to more success. Tim Jackman was one of those pieces acquired during the 2013-14 campaign to solidify the Ducks lineup.
In a conference where teams ice bigger lineups by the game, Jackman’s November arrival brought two things – needed size to the Ducks' bottom six and a grinding game required to wear down opponents on a nightly basis. All it cost General Manager Bob Murray was a sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Jackman didn’t post huge numbers – with Calgary and Anaheim, he collected five points (4g/1a) with 103 penalty minutes – but did the little things expected from him. He dropped the gloves when needed, protecting his teammates on the ice. He also became a physical presence, routinely searching for an opportunity to play the body and make life difficult.
Don’t sleep on Jackman’s offense, though. While not a traditional goal scorer, he showed the ability to finish around the net. Three of his four goals came with Anaheim, including two in three games late in the regular season.
Jackman fractured his hand blocking a shot against the Nashville Predators on April 4, ending his season. It was a premature end to one of the underrated moves from Murray last season.
Jackman put his full talents on display for this sweet goal against the Kings on March 15. With the teams scoreless in the first period, Jackman pinned LA center Anze Kopitar against the end boards on the forecheck. With no other options, Kopitar kicked it up along the wall, getting the puck to Matt Beleskey, who delivered a no-look backhand pass to Mathieu Perreault. The center found Jackman at the near post, who used a quick scoop to beat goalie Martin Jones.
BY THE NUMBERS
3: Jackman scored three of his four goals with the Ducks, including two in the span of three games (March 5 vs. Montreal and March 15 at LA).
+2: Jackman tied a career-high with a plus-2 rating January 3 against the Edmonton Oilers. He also scored his first goal as a member of the Ducks in that game.
38: When Jackman was selected in the second round (38th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft by Columbus, he became the first Minnesota State – Mankato (WCHA) player to be drafted.