Anaheim Ducks: NHL Season in Review

Here is the season review for the Anaheim Migh..I mean, Anaheim Ducks for the 2007-2008 NHL season.

2007-2008 Record: 47-27-8, 102 points, Second in Pacific, Fourth in West.

Head Coach: Randy Carlyle

General Manager: Brian Burke

Top Three Players: Ryan Getzlaf, Mathieu Schneider, J.S. Giguere

Team MVP: Ryan Getzlaf, 77-24-58-82-94, +32

Rookie of the Year: Bobby Ryan, 10 points in 23 games.  He did not play much, but he has a very bright future in the NHL, probably starting next season.

Bust: Rob Niedermeyer, F.  He only had 16 points in 78 games, and was a measly +1.  He should at least have a better plus/minus rating. I know that he can play better than he did this season. 

Surprise: Kent Huskins, D.  Huskins, in his rookie season, had only three assists in 33 games.

Playoffs: Fourth seed, Lost in first round to Dallas Stars, 4-1. 

Season Analysis: From the beginning of the season, Anaheim was accused of having a Stanley Cup hangover, as many teams do.  They slumped at the beginning of the season, enraging GM Brian Burke, who had sworn that the Ducks would break the streak of bad starts after a Stanley Cup finals berth. They did not.

Adding to their troubles, the Ducks' two best players, Scott Niedermeyer and Teemu Selanne,teetered back and forth all season on whether or not to return to the team.  It took them until the halfway point to decide, and by that time, the team was already struggling greatly.  

Sure, they performed well when they came back, but it was not enough to help them in their series with the Stars, who went on to defeat the defending Cup champs in six games.

The Ducks and Brian Burke have a lot of work to do, if they hope to return to the Stanley Cup finals next season.

And he was smart this time, giving Selanne and Niedermeyer until the draft to decide.  Smart move, Burkie.


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