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Player Review: Ryan Getzlaf
By: Aaron Francis
The Ducks captain played in his 14th season with Anaheim this past year. Ryan Getzlaf continues to be an important part of the Ducks offense and unfortunately due to injury, Getzlaf did miss time for a second straight season. Now age 34, Getzlaf may be at a point in his career where a full 82 game season is a difficult task. While he is always missed when not in the lineup, it may be for the best if Getzlaf doesn’t push himself into a full season going forward. After all, Ryan Getzlaf has proved that when healthy he is one of the premier playmaking centers in the league.
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Looking at his past season, Getzlaf scored 14 goals and 34 assists for a team-leading 48 points in 67 games played. While he may not be the point per game player of years past, Getzlaf was an invaluable member of the Ducks team and a huge reason they didn’t finish lower in the standings. In his absence, the team often struggled to match up with other teams top lines. The power play also heavily relied on Getzlaf’s presence and while several young players showed promise offensively, none could replace the game that Ryan Getzlaf plays. Getzlaf is entering the final stretch of his career and in this new era, he will be the leader that the new group of Ducks prospects look to as an example. With veterans like Perry gone, and Ryan Kesler sidelined, Getzlaf will be one of the few tasked with guiding the youth movement in Anaheim.
Going into next season, a healthy Ryan Getzlaf should be able to play in 70-75 games and score around 50 points. He’ll have the chance to help nurture familiar players such as Ondrej Kase and Daniel Sprong as well as promising rookies Max Jones, Troy Terry, and Max Comtois. Look for the captain to be the heart and soul of the Ducks next season as he grows into his new mentoring role with the team
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September 28th, 2019