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Team Reset

Ducks add Schenn, Sustr for depth on defense, Gibbons for speed

Anaheim makes no major moves after being swept in first round of playoffs

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

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

When the Anaheim Ducks open this season, it appears their roster will look similar to the one that closed out 2017-18.

The Ducks didn't make any major additions or lose any key players in free agency or via trade, meaning they will most likely play their season opener at the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 3 with a lineup similar to the one that was swept by the Sharks in the Western Conference First Round.

 

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For the first time in six years, Anaheim won't be the defending champion of the Pacific Division, which was won by the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season.

Here is what the Ducks look like today:

 

Key arrivals

Brian Gibbons, F: The Ducks wanted to add speed in the offseason, and Gibbons can help in that area. They signed the 30-year-old to a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent July 2. After surprising many by making the New Jersey Devils roster out of training camp last season, his 12 goals were tied for the team lead at the end of 2017, but he did not score in 29 games after Dec. 12. Gibbons developed some chemistry with Ducks center Adam Henrique before the Devils traded Henrique to Anaheim on Nov. 30, 2017. ... Luke Schenn, D: After allowing 16 goals in the four-game loss to the Sharks, the Ducks added some depth and size on defense by signing Schenn (6-foot-2, 229 pounds) to a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 2. Schenn, the No. 5 pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, has never scored more than five goals in his 10 NHL seasons, but he understands his role as a stay-at-home defenseman. Schenn, 28, was a healthy scratch for the Arizona Coyotes for 16 games during the second half of last season, but he played well when paired with two-time all-star Oliver Ekman-Larsson over the final 10 (one goal, one assist, even rating). … Andrej Sustr, D: Another big defenseman who gives the Ducks some depth at the position, Sustr (6-7, 220) signed a one-year contract July 5. The 27-year-old has 63 points (10 goals, 53 assists) in 318 NHL games, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Video: NYI@TBL: Sustr capitalizes on Callahan's takeaway

 

Key departure

Francois Beauchemin, D: After 14 NHL seasons, it appears Beauchemin will retire. The Ducks will miss the defenseman's steady play and leadership abilities. The 38-year-old was in and out of the lineup last season as a healthy scratch before playing in the final 15 regular-season games and all four in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-6 rating in the last 15 games to help the Ducks go 10-4-1 and pass the Sharks for second in the Pacific.

Video: ANA@CGY: Beauchemin pots long slapper from the circle

 

On the cusp

Kevin Roy, F: With the need for speed a focus, the 25-year-old could crack the lineup. Roy made his NHL debut with the Ducks last season, when he had seven points (six goals, one assist) in 25 games, but he was sent down to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Jan. 9 and didn't return. He's versatile enough to play either wing and could take away playing time from Corey Perry and Nick Ritchie. ... Jacob Larsson, D: Rookie defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Andy Welinski were solid last season, but Larsson seems ready for a long look by the Ducks. The 21-year-old, selected by Anaheim in the first round (No. 27) of the 2015 NHL Draft, played four games with the Ducks from Oct. 13-18, 2016, but had knee surgery the following April and spent much of last season getting back up to speed with San Diego.

Video: MIN@ANA: Roy scores on a sharp-angle shot

 

What they still need

Among NHL goaltenders who played at least 41 games last season, John Gibson ranked fourth in save percentage (.926) and eighth in goals-against average (2.43). But his health continued to be an issue. Gibson left six games with injuries, forcing backup Ryan Miller into tough situations. Miller turns 38 on July 17, and his health also has been an issue, including wrist surgery May 17. The Ducks lost third-string goalie Reto Berra, who signed with a team in his native Switzerland. They have selected three goalies in the past two drafts and signed Jared Coreau to a one-year contract after he played seven games with the Detroit Red Wings last season.

 

Fantasy focus

Gibson had NHL career highs in wins (31), save percentage (.926) and starts (60) last season to finish 41st overall in Yahoo. But considering the Ducks were swept in four games by the Sharks and haven't made any major roster changes, there are plenty of fantasy concerns in reaching for Gibson, who turns 25 on July 14. With veteran center Ryan Kesler reportedly dealing with hip concerns related to his surgery last offseason, the Ducks could be in trouble in the Pacific, where many teams have improved through trades and free agency. Gibson's wins ceiling is not nearly as high as other young goalies Andrei Vasilevskiy (turns 24 on July 25), Connor Hellebuyck (25) or Matt Murray (24), considering the Ducks goalie has dealt with multiple injuries each of the past three seasons. As a result, Gibson, a potential 2019 restricted free agent, went 70th overall (12th among goalies) in NHL.com's first mock draft of the summer. -- Pete Jensen

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm4: Gibson denies Couture on partial break

 

Projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Kevin Roy

Brian Gibbons -- Carter Rowney -- Corey Perry

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Jacob Larsson -- Luke Schenn

John Gibson

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