Young goalie is key for the Anaheim Ducks
Alexis Ramanjulu
NHL
31-10-2016
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Young goalie is key for the Anaheim Ducks

By October 31, 2016
After trading thier starting goaltender, who had over 20 wins in the last three seasons, the Anaheim Ducks will have to learn to win with a young goaltender. 

After coming off a disappointing first round exit in the playoffs last season, the Anaheim Ducks look to get back to their winning ways. With a 3-4-2 record, the Ducks are in tenth place in the Western Conference. Despite the lackluster start, the offensive production is spewing from their veteran leadership. Captain Ryan Getzlaf has eight points in the nine games that he has played in. He also leads the team in assists with seven. Defenseman Cam Fowler has three goals and four assists for seven points in nine games.

In their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Anaheim Ducks could not get the puck in the back of the net, while the Blue Jackets tallied four times. However, in their game against the Predators, the Ducks tallied six times to the Predators' one goal.

Inconsistent offensive production is something the Ducks can overcome with the talent on their roster, but the biggest question and concern will be the team’s goaltending. Anaheim traded goaltender Frederik Andersen over the summer to Toronto in exchange for the 30th pick in the 2016 NHL draft and a second round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Anderson started in 37 games for the Ducks last season and won 22 of them. He had a .919 save percentage. With him no longer in California, the Ducks' young goaltender will have to step up.

American John Gibson has been given most of the starts this season and has a 3-3-2 record and a .876 save percentage. Their back-up, Jonathan Bernier, has started two games for the Ducks and has an 0-1 record. Assuming that Gibson is going to get most of the starts, he is going to have to step up and play at a higher level. If the team cannot get consistent goaltending, it will not matter how much the offense is produced.

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