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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Uncle Teemu's Veteran Advice

Wait, I forget. Were we supposed to get more Disney or less Disney?

Oh well, I saw the picture and had to use it. I should note that I think Penner will still qualify as a rookie next year, but that is being somewhat technical.

You know, probably the best thing I liked about having Burke and Carlyle last year was how they managed the promotion of the kids (Getzlaf, Perry, and Penner) into the NHL club. They weren't rushed to the forefront, and in fact each spent enough time in Portland to amass at least 30 AHL points.

And on the big club, none of them were initially relied on, but gradually they began to assume more and more responsibility and see more situational ice time. The kids didn't have to deal with the pressures of team leadership, Calder ballots, or even their own on-ice welfare (thanks to another great coaching move with bruiser Todd Fedoruk), yet by the end they had become fairly reliable scorers, all now with three rounds NHL playoff experience. (Well, except for Perry, who sat out the Avlanche series nursing an injury doled out by teammate Sammy Pahlsson. But he would have played had Colorado won a game!)

Joffrey Lupul's departure means a scorer is needed, boys. Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald are going to need some scoring help.

Who's going to avoid the slump and step it up?


VeryProudofYa said...

I see Getzlaf as being their top point man from the kids this year.

I like Perry's potential a bit more, but his tendency to do one too many moves is something that'll take a bit of time to fix.

reality check said...

Getzlaf and Perry will get 30 to 35 goals but the Ducks will have plenty of balance across the top three lines. Get ready for lots of 3-2 wins.

Hodge said...

Pronger's wife said she would like to see him play forward this year.

Earl Sleek said...

The only thing that worries me about Getzlaf's point total is what role he plays on the PP. He got a lot of points when playing the point with Scott N., but that would only happen when Carlyle felt comfortable with 1D 1F on the points.

Scott Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin, Ryan Getzlaf, and of course Chris Pronger will all compete for the point position on the 1st PP unit. If Getz doesn't nab that spot, likely his point projection will be affected.

Possibly then Perry becomes the high scorer among the kids?