With Teemu Selanne in his final season the Ducks must go all in
All the Ducks are lining up in a row in Californiathis year (pun intended). It's Anaheim's final kick at the can with the face of the franchise still in tow. Owner of 678 goals and 1,437 points in the regular season, Teemu Selanne is clearly being paced for a deep spring run in 2014.
The announcement that the Finnish Flash would sit in one of all 12 back to back instances this season, was designed by Boudreau to mitigate the grind on the 43-year-old in an Olympic year. Teemu might have been looking at almost 100 games heading into the playoffs including the Sochi games and pre-season had he not been given this rest plan. “I’d rather have 60 great games from Teemu than 82 when a lot of them could be mediocre because he’s tired,” Boudreau said.
For the second straight year Teemu's numbers have really dropped off, while Anaheimhas had a successful regular season, to date. However, there's no denying that this ageless wonder has all the ability in the world to still pull out a few rabbits out of his hat in crunch time. He's gotten off to a slow start (prolonged further by the facial injury he's been playing through). However, it's not been for a lack of trying, as he's upped his shot attempts (2.35 per game) over last season (2.08) so far, despite being awarded less TOI these days. He's only been sent out there for 14:36 per game this season after skating at a clip of 17:52 each night in the last full season (2011-12).
Meanwhile, the sniper in Corey Perry seems to have been revitalized after two years of declining production. Since winning the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard trophy in 2010-11, Perry went from a 50-goal marvel to a (pro-rated) 27-goal fringe All-Star Game worthy selection. In fact, his lock on reprising his role with TeamCanada forSochi was very much in doubt heading into this season despite entering his prime years. Moreover, the season prior, it was Getzlaf who struggled mightily with a laughable 11 goals to his name and a mediocre 57 points. A 41-year-old Selanne actually led the team in scoring!