By 2019-20 the Ducks will have one of the best defense-corps in the entire league, but will their aging forwards still have enough in the tank to be contenders?
Welcome to 2020 Vision, our new feature taking a look at how the roster of each NHL team may look three seasons from now when the 2019-2020 season begins.
Over the next month we’ll profile one team, in alphabetical order, each day and project what their roster (12 forwards, six defensemen, two goalies) will look like.
There were some ground rules for this exercise. We didn’t allow any blockbuster trades or free agent signings, but we did make assumptions about teams re-signing their own UFAs and RFAs.
Therefore, this isn’t intended to be a fantasy-like look at the league in 2019-20. Instead, since this is part of the THN Future Watch family, it’s meant to be a realistic, best-case-scenario projection for each team based on players already under contract, and prospects in their system.
The Anaheim Ducks should still be among the best teams in the Western Conference come 2019-20. Though many of their offensive stars will be getting a little long in the tooth, they should have one of the best groups of defensemen in the entire league.
The Ducks are so flush with young defensemen they traded Shea Theodore – their No. 1 prospect, and the 22nd-ranked prospect overall in Future Watch – to the Golden Knights for nothing more than future considerations. Still, three years from now their blueline will be anchored by the likes of Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Josh Manson, each of whom will still be under 30 years old.
Up front, the big question is how productive their current stars will be as they reach their mid-30s. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler are all signed…