After the first 10 games of this young hockey season, the Anaheim Ducks are off to one of their better starts in recent memory.
The Anaheim Ducks have surprised many who expected they would be one of the bottom teams in the NHL this season. What rebuild? This team has retooled with young players and a refreshing, creative offensive system under new head coach Dallas Eakins.
No one may admit it, but Eakins has already cemented the building blocks of a new culture for this club. One that focuses on discipline and playing your game, no matter what the score may be. But he has also received buy-in from the players and specifically, captain Ryan Getzlaf.
As we all know, the team goes as Getzlaf goes and him buying into what Eakins wants to do is critical.
I can honestly say the Ducks believe in the Eakins to get them to where they want to be, and Eakins believes his team can get to where they want to be as long as they stay disciplined in their play and believe in each other. This team is still a big work in progress, but the Ducks are honestly really fun to watch again.
The team sits in a wild card spot with a 6-4 record (12 points) after 10 games but could have won a few more of those games had they generated a little more offensively.
While the Ducks have done lots of great things to begin the season with, there also key areas they must improve on to continue their early-season success. Let’s begin with the offense.