Boudreau sees big things ahead for Ducks

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I’m looking forward to it,” Boudreau said. “I’m looking forward to training camp already. Especially with the rise of all our young players in the organization, from Rickard Rakell to Emerson Etem . Seeing them perform at different times, we’re really excited about seeing all those guys next year at camp.” After inheriting a team that would finish 13th in the Western Conference in 2011-12, Boudreau re-established a replenished Ducks roster as one of the best in the League. The bounce-back campaign was aided in large part by contributions from a number of new faces, including goaltender Viktor Fasth , forward Daniel Winnik and defenseman Sheldon Souray . But it was the play of Boudreau’s rookies, particularly California-born Etem, that has the coach most excited for next season. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Emerson right now. Right now he’s just finding his way, but I think you could see that he has the capabilities of being something special,” Boudreau said. “It might be three or four years before he reaches that level. But his work ethic and everything else about him as a young man is really good. I don’t see why he doesn’t have that ability to become a real voice in California hockey.” The biggest news this offseason for the Ducks likely will be regarding the team’s pair of Finnish veterans. Neither 38-year-old Saku Koivu nor 42-year-old Teemu Selanne has confirmed whether he will return to Anaheim next season. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=671143

NHL playoffs: Red Wings advance after winning Game 7 over Ducks

NHL playoffs: The Detroit Red Wings are heading to the Western Conference semifinals. (AP Photo) The Ducks’ defeat also is a sadly familiar playoff disappointment for coach Bruce Boudreau, who never got the Washington Capitals past the second round after four standout regular seasons with his previous club. The loss also could be the final NHL game for Teemu Selanne, the 42-year-old franchise scoring leader who flirts with retirement every summer. Selanne didn’t score a goal in the series’ final six games — but Corey Perry, the Ducks’ former 50-goal scorer and NHL MVP, didn’t score a goal in the entire series despite 24 shots. The clubs alternated victories until the final two games of the series, with the Ducks taking three straight one-game leads before Detroit caught them. The Wings earned a third trip to California with an overtime win in Game 6 on Friday night — and they made it count with the Wings’ fourth win in six appearances at Honda Center this season. Anaheim had another packed house on hand for just the second Game 7 in Honda Center’s history, but the Red Wings dominated from the start. Detroit created choking traffic in front of Hiller immediately, and a rebound of Filppula’s long shot went straight into the slot for Zetterberg. The Ducks appeared overmatched early, but Etem — the 20-year-old Long Beach native — had all the poise his teammates lacked. Etem attempted to dump the puck into the Detroit zone, but instead collected a deflection and skated in on net, firing a shot over a prone defenseman and past Howard for the third goal of his first NHL playoff series. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-13/detroit-red-wings-advance-anaheim-ducks-game-7-nhl-playoffs?modid=recommended_5_5

Detroit Red Wings Win Game 7, Eliminate Anaheim Ducks From 2013 NHL Playoffs

Detroit created choking traffic in front of Hiller immediately, and a rebound of Filppula’s long shot went straight into the slot for Zetterberg. The Ducks appeared overmatched early, but Etem – the 20-year-old Long Beach native – had all the poise his teammates lacked. Etem attempted to dump the puck into the Detroit zone, but instead collected a deflection and skated in on net, firing a shot over a prone defenseman and past Howard for the third goal of his first NHL playoff series. Detroit went right back ahead when Abdelkader stole Beauchemin’s pass near the blue line during the power play. Abdelkader easily skated away from Sheldon Souray and beat Hiller on a breakaway for his first goal since returning from a two-game suspension. The Red Wings again took control in the second period, and Filppula put them up 3-1 when he jumped on a loose puck and fired a backhand through Beauchemin’s legs for his first goal of the postseason. NOTES: Anaheim D Toni Lydman missed his fourth straight game since getting hit in the head by Abdelkader, who served a two-game suspension and returned for Game 6. … The Red Wings scratched C Cory Emmerton for the first time in the series and activated RW Patrick Eaves, who sat out Game 6. D Carlo Colaiacovo stayed in the lineup for the second straight game. source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/detroit-red-wings-ducks-game-7-nhl-playoffs_n_3264415.html

Gardiner, Schultz notable members of Anaheim Ducks disappointing 2008 NHL Draft class

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While every draft is going to have the aforementioned group, the Ducks had very little to take away from a 2008 NHL Draft class that has produced many NHL players across all rounds. Six of the team’s 10 selections are no longer with the organization, and of the remaining four, none have played an NHL game or been AHL regulars at this point. Even with a few late round low-risk, high-reward choices still waiting to perhaps have that breakout moment, the Ducks, a normally strong drafting team, had a year to forget at the podium. Jake Gardiner, D, Minnetonka Skippers (MN HS) – 1st Round, 17th overall Status: NHL Player (TOR) NHL Games Played: 87 Gardiner was one of the many solid defensive prospects that came out of the 2008 NHL Draft. That first round included many quality blueliners including high picks Drew Doughty , Alex Pietrangelo , and Zach Bogosian , as well as a plethora of mid-to-late first round picks like Erik Karlsson , Michael Del Zotto , and John Carlson . While Gardner has developed a little more slowly than some of his first round counterparts he is still a very talented player who is starting to hit his stride in Toronto. Shortly after his draft Gardiner went back to Minnetonka High School and completed his senior year, and from there he signed to play for the University of Wisconsin in the WCHA. While Gardner had respectable rookie and sophomore years with the Badgers, he broke out his junior year and tripled his sophomore production and finished the season with 41 points, a point-per-game pace. It was about that same time however that the Anaheim Ducks constructed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs which included Gardiner and Joffrey Lupul for veteran defenseman François Beauchemin. Gardner would immediately sign an entry-level deal with the Maple Leafs, and was assigned to the Toronto Marlies. source: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/90587/gardiner-schultz-notable-members-of-anaheim-ducks-disappointing-2008-nhl-draft-class/

Ducks still crushed by early exit

His family has always been supportive of a playing career in its third decade, but the Finnish Flash also has a full life away from hockey. See the best action photos from the Eastern Conference first round . Selanne is still disappointed to miss out on his best chance for a long playoff run since the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007. ”This team was ready to go further,” Selanne said. ”I knew with our depth, the longer we would go would be to our advantage. Not so many teams have that. … We have such a good team here right now. We know we’re better than this. I think everyone felt there is some unfinished business here. It would be easier if we didn’t feel that way. I think this team is ready to win right now.” Center Saku Koivu also plans to wait a few weeks before announcing whether he’ll play again. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/anaheim-ducks-still-crushed-by-early-playoff-elimination-051413

DETROIT 3, DUCKS 2: Anaheim ousted from NHL postseason; Teemu Selanne’s future in question

The Red Wings advanced to play the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, depriving the Ducks of a shot at dethroning the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. “I don’t know what it would have meant to hockey in general, but it would have been a hell of a series,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau about squandering a chance to meet the Kings for the first time in the playoffs. “It would have taken other sports off the front page, for sure.” The Kings will face the San Jose Sharks. Meanwhile, it was unclear if this was Teemu Selanne’s final NHL game. He declined to say if he would play another season after Sunday’s defeat. “It’s a big decision again,” Selanne said. “I’m going to take some time off and clear my head and think about what’s the next step here. I don’t really have to play, but this has been so much fun. I’ve just got to decide when is the time.” If this was Selanne’s last game, then perhaps the sellout crowd of 17,412 The Ducks’ Teemu Selanne (left) congratulates Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg (right) following the Ducks’ 3-2 loss Sunday night at Honda Center in Anaheim. eliminating them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. source: http://www.dailybulletin.com/ducks/ci_23230336/detroit-3-ducks-2-anaheim-ousted-from-nhl

 

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