With the upcoming season roughly two months away, AnaheimDucks.com is featuring a different Ducks player throughout the month of August (in numerical order). This annual Player Review series will highlight key stats while also keeping an eye on the 2018-19 campaign. Next up is center Adam Henrique.
The first half of the 2017-18 Ducks season will be remembered as a difficult one, punctuated by a litany of injuries that had the Ducks leading the NHL in man games lost by a significant margin. The struggle was reflected in the team's performance on the ice, as Anaheim got off to a middling 14-13-8 start over the first 35 games that had the club in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2012.
But there was one move in late November of that year that proved to be a shot in the arm for the Ducks, not to mention arguably the best acquisition of the NHL season. On November 30, Anaheim acquired centers Adam Henrique, prospect Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick from New Jersey in a trade that sent defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick to the Devils. As a talented and likeable young defenseman that came up through the Ducks system, Vatanen was a tough one to depart with. But in Henrique the Ducks brought in a dynamic young center that was desperately needed with a depletion at that position, notably with veteran Ryan Kesler missing half the season with a hip injury.