Predicting The Pacific is a week-long event where we will look at a different team each day of the week and take a guess at where they will be amongst the rest of the Pacific Division come the end of next season. Here we go.
We kick off this series with none other than the Kings’ bitter Southern California rival, the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks limped into the playoffs last season before being eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Quaterfinals.
Then during the offseason they shipped out 30-goal scorer, Bobby Ryan for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first-round draft pick. That is a lot of offense to lose so we will see how the pay out plays out for the Ducks.
While the Ducks did lose Ryan, they brought in none other than Dustin Penner, oh Penner why’d you have to go. Will Penner return to his near 30-goal form that helped the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007, or will he be the lack luster Penner that the Kings knew all to well?
Along with the addition of Penner, the Ducks boast a roster with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Jonas Hiller, and have plenty of young talent like Emerson Etam and Cam Fowler to compliment their veteran presence.
So where will the Ducks be among the Pacific Division at the end of next season? Will they continue their solid play among their division, or will their aging stars begin to play like aging stars?