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Anaheim Ducks fantasy preview for 2019-20

Gibson among elite goalie options; Rakell, Kase have high goal-scoring ceilings

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from the Anaheim Ducks. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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John Gibson, G (NHL.com rank: 52) -- He regressed from 31 wins in 2017-18 to 26 last season but had a respectable save percentage (.917 in 58 games) given Anaheim's injuries, 12-game losing streak and coaching change. Gibson is a preseason top 10 fantasy goalie option and obvious bounce-back candidate with a ceiling of being the most valuable player at the position if the Ducks stay healthy and improve under new coach Dallas Eakins.

 

Rickard Rakell, LW/RW (126) -- The versatile forward missed 13 games last season, had steep declines in goals (18; 34 in 2017-18) and points (43; 69 in 2017-18) and at times was not fantasy-relevant. But Rakell's lineup placement with rookie center Sam Steel and Jakob Silfverberg, instead of his usual spot with veteran Ryan Getzlaf, resulted in point-per-game production (17 points over final 17 games) down the stretch. Rakell will likely fall outside the top 100 in drafts but is a potential draft bargain.

 

Ryan Getzlaf, C (186) -- He was better than a point per game over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons combined but missed 15 games last season and dipped in production (48 points in 67 games). Getzlaf plays the deepest fantasy position and doesn't have a high shots on goal volume but still carries sneaky upside as a late-round flier, especially if he plays with promising young wings Max Comtois, Ondrej Kase and/or Troy Terry.

Video: Top five plays of 2018-19: Getzlaf

 

Max Comtois, LW (197) -- Ranked behind the top four fantasy rookies (Cale Makar, Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, Quinn Hughes), Comtois is a dark-horse Calder Trophy contender. He led the Ducks in points per 60 minutes (2.88) through 10 NHL games last season but missed time with injury and was sent to Drummondville of the QMJHL, where he had nearly two points per game (48 in 25). Comtois was better than a point per game for Canada at the World Junior Championship and is poised for a top-six role and at least 50 points in his first full season.

 

Ondrej Kase, RW (204) -- He was productive when healthy last season (20 points, 94 SOG in 30 games), leading the Ducks in goals per 60 minutes (1.41), but sustained a shoulder injury Jan. 17 and missed the rest of the season. Kase could be elevated to the top line but also has chemistry with center Adam Henrique, who is likely to be on the third unit. There are safer late-round options, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Kase shatter his previous NHL career-highs in offensive categories and be one of the biggest fantasy steals with 30-35 goals.

 

Other players to consider in late rounds or off waiver wire: Jakob Silfverberg, RW (208); Cam Fowler, D (222); Sam Steel, C (232); Troy Terry, RW; Hampus Lindholm, D; Josh Manson, D; Daniel Sprong, LW/RW

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