Welcome back to the final installment of our series here at Vegas Hockey Now, where we look at all the teams in the Pacific Division and analyze what they did this offseason. With the Golden Knights missing the playoffs last season, keeping an eye on the other teams in the Pacific is key.
The Anaheim Ducks, who the Golden Knights played Monday afternoon in their final prospect game, are loaded with young talent. Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, and Jamie Drysdale have already broken into the NHL, and Mason McTavish, Olen Zellweger, and Jacob Perreault are likely to follow. This year’s Ducks, now without Ryan Getzlaf, will look to be a competitive team amidst their rebuild.
The Golden Knights are 20-4 all-time against the Ducks and have never played them in a playoff series. They will play the Ducks only three times this upcoming season, despite teams who are in the same division usually playing four times. This was also the case for the VGK and Vancouver Canucks.
Last Season- 31-37-14, 76 points. Missed playoffs.
2022-23 Matchups- 10/28, home at 3:00, 12/28, away at 7:00, 2/12 home, at 12:00
Notable Additions- John Klingberg, Frank Vatrano, Ryan Strome, Dmitry Kulikov
Notable Subtractions- Ryan Getzalf, Sam Steel, Sonny Milano, Zach Aston-Reese
The Ducks added a couple of solid additions via free agency with John Klingberg, Frank Vatrano, and Ryan Strome. All are under-the-radar players that can help the Ducks compete. But overall, the Ducks roster is not one incredibly intimidating.
They have some young star players in Zegras, Terry, and Drysdale, but not a strong enough core yet to compete for a playoff spot. However, in net, they have one of the best goaltenders in the league with Pittsburgh native John Gibson. Last season he had a .904 save percentage on a struggling team.
We saw the Ducks go on a couple of hot streaks last season and even occupy a playoff spot. But on paper, this year’s team from Orange County is one of the weakest in the Pacific Division. Still, the Golden Knights will need to be prepared in every matchup against Evgenii Dadonov’s “former team.”
VHN’s Pacific Division Prediction– 8th Pacific Division, 14th Western Conference
Projected Depth Chart
Adam Henrique- Trevor Zegras- Troy Terry
Mason McTavish- Ryan Strome- Frank Vatrano
Max Comtois- Isac Lundestrom- Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones- Derek Grant- Sam Carrick
Cam Fowler- Jamie Drysdale
Urho Vaakaninen- John Klingberg
Dmitry Kulikov- Kevin Shattenkirk
John Gibson/Anthony Stolarz