Wild West: Early Observations of Each Team in the West

Grant Campbell


Now that the regular season has commenced, we are going to look at each team and focus on some key players, new players and each team’s power play so far. It is very early, so things will change but early success can be a good sign of things to come.

Anaheim Ducks

Early ice time leaders in the forwards were Troy Terry (19:24), Trevor Zegras (18:25) and Ryan Strome (17:19) while Adam Henrique (13:32) and Jakob Silfverberg (12:30) appear to have been pushed down the lineup from last season. On defense, Cam Fowler (24:45), John Klingberg (23:09) and Dmitri Kulikov (20:35) played the most while Kevin Shattenkirk (16:59) has seen his role diminish.

The top unit of the power play has been Terry, Zegras, Ryan Strome, rookie Mason McTavish and Klingberg. This doesn't bode well for Jamie Drysdale who has only played 8.9 percent of the time with the man advantage.

Rookie Pavol Regenda only averaged 10:43 per game, but saw power play (24.1%) and penalty killing (45.4%) time, so it appears that he has some versatility to his game and is getting opportunities.

Terry led the team with seven shots on goal (SOG), Max Comtois and Max Jones led the team with six hits each while Kulikov led with seven blocked shots.

In goal, John Gibson started both games but was pulled in his last start. Gibson will need to improve over last season to not lose starts to Anthony Stolarz.

Arizona Coyotes

Ice time leaders in the forwards were Travis Boyd (20:00) and