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Team Reset

Ducks looking to get lift from Randy Carlyle

Anaheim hopes returning coach is key to playoff success

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Anaheim Ducks:

The Anaheim Ducks enter the 2016-17 season guided by a familiar face and hoping to move past what has become a too-familiar story. After winning the Pacific Division for a fourth consecutive season, the Ducks were eliminated for the fourth straight year with a Game 7 loss at home, the latest to the Nashville Predators in the 2016 Western Conference First Round.

Anaheim reached the conference final once in four full seasons under coach Bruce Boudreau, who was fired on April 29.

Randy Carlyle, who coached the Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2007, is back for a second stint in Anaheim. He inherits a roster of proven veterans and seven forwards remaining from the group that dressed for Game 7 against the Predators.

Here is what the Ducks look like today:

KEY ARRIVALS: Randy Carlyle, coach: Prior to coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs for parts of four seasons, Carlyle went 273-182-61 with the Ducks from 2005-11 to become the winningest coach in their history. He won a Ducks record 36 playoff games while twice taking them to the conference final (2006, 2007) and becoming the first coach to lead a California team to the Stanley Cup. Jonathan Bernier, G: The Ducks found their backup to John Gibson with the acquisition of Bernier in a trade with the Maple Leafs for a conditional draft pick on July 8. Bernier was 12-21-3 with a 2.88 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and three shutouts last season but will play behind a better defense. The Ducks allowed 188 goals, fewest in the NHL, compared to the Maple Leafs' 240 (T-24th). Mason Raymond, F: Raymond signed a one-year, two-way contract July 5. He had four goals and an assist in 29 games with the Calgary Flames last season, when he spent time with Stockton of the American Hockey League. The 30-year-old had an NHL career-high 19 goals in 2013-14 with the Maple Leafs. … Max Jones, F: Chosen with the 24th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Jones (6-foot-2, 206 pounds) won the Memorial Cup with London of the Ontario Hockey League last season and was a finalist for OHL Rookie of the Year with 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) in 63 games. … Sam Steel, C: Steel (5-11, 178) was selected with the 30th pick in the draft, acquired by Anaheim from Toronto in the Frederik Andersen trade on June 20. He had 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 72 games with Regina of the Western Hockey League last season.

Video: TOR@PHI: Bernier stops Schenn's quick shot

KEY DEPATURES: Frederik Andersen, G: Andersen's departure means Gibson is the Ducks' No. 1 goalie. Andersen was 22-9-7 with a 2.30 GAA and .919 save percentage last season. … David Perron, F: Perron signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues. He had eight goals in 28 games after he and defenseman Adam Clendening were acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade for forward Carl Hagelin on Jan. 16. … Jamie McGinn, F: McGinn signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes after scoring eight goals and four assists in 21 games following a trade from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 29. … Chris Stewart, F: Stewart returned to the Minnesota Wild on a two-year contract. … Anton Khudobin, G: Khudobin signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins.

ON THE CUSP: Nick Ritchie, F: The 10th pick of the 2014 draft should get a long look in training camp. Ritchie, 20, couldn't stick with the Ducks last season (two goals, two assists in 33 games) but had 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 38 regular-season games, and five goals and three assists in nine playoff games, for San Diego of the American Hockey League. … Shea Theodore, D: The 20-year-old played in six Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Ducks before defenseman Clayton Stoner returned from an upper-body injury. Theodore had 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 50 games for San Diego and could be a candidate to break camp with the Ducks, especially if defenseman Cam Fowler is traded.

WHAT THEY STILL NEED: Some scoring depth up front to boost an offense that ranked 17th in the NHL (2.62 goals per game). Center Rickard Rakell and defenseman Hampus Lindholm are emerging young players, but each is a restricted free agent who must be re-signed. Center Nate Thompson won't be ready until March after having surgery to repair two labral tears in his left shoulder on June 13. Unrestricted free agent Shawn Horcoff could fill the void if he's re-signed.

Video: NSH@ANA, Gm2: Gibson gloves Weber's big shot

PETE JENSEN'S FANTASY FOCUS: Gibson finally is the No. 1 goalie in Anaheim, and he's worth drafting much higher as a result. He has a much stronger team in front of him than Andersen with Toronto or Brian Elliott with the Calgary Flames, two other goalies bound for heavier workloads. Gibson was tied for second in GAA (2.07) among those with at least 40 games last season behind Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2.06). If Gibson avoids injury, he could vastly outperform his average draft position and finish as a top-five fantasy goalie.


Nick Ritchie - Ryan Getzlaf - Ryan Garbutt

Chris Wagner - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Mason Raymond - Shawn Horcoff - Corey Tropp

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Simon Despres  

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

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