Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Anaheim Ducks
For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 17th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.
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Gone – Kalle Kossila, Kevin Roy, Corey Perry, Andy Welinski, Jake Dotchin, Andrej Sustr, Chad Johnson
Incoming – Chris Wideman, Michael Del Zotto, Andreas Martinsen, Jani Hakanpaa, Nicolas Deslauriers, Anthony Stolarz, Blake Pietila, Andrew Poturalski
Impact of changes – The Ducks made an addition here by subtraction. In buying out Perry, sure they freed up a lot cap space. But more importantly, they freed up ice time and PP time that would have been – to be blunt – wasted. Perry using those minutes would have been taking up opportunities better used by the up-and-coming prospects such as Troy Terry and Sam Steel. Also, with Perry gone, Jakob Silfverberg becomes the top right winger on the team. His defensive acumen is too valuable, so it’s unlikely he will get a lot of first-line appearances. But his ice time will see a bump and so will his PP time.
With Perry gone and veteran center Ryan Kesler also doubtful (hip) for the entire season, there are two key spots freed up as well as a ton of power-play time. And there will be plenty of prospects getting a long look as a result, with the ones stepping up the most obviously garnering fantasy interest.
Ready for full-time – The Ducks are going all in with the youngsters, with Terry and Steel locks for the opening roster.
Terry finished up the 2018-19 campaign with the big club. He also finished up the campaign with another injury (broken leg – he’s back on the ice now). These are getting to be a concern with Terry, who has now suffered an injury to end each of his two professional seasons. The 22-year-old is on the cusp of becoming a great fantasy asset, as he already has the AHL figured out (41 points in 41 games with San Diego last year). If he can stay healthy he is a strong bet for at least a point every two contests. (