Every team has a blank slate when the 2019-20 NHL season begins. Here’s one reason each fanbase should be excited for the puck to drop in October.
Hockey fans have survived the 2019 NHL offseason. Training camps are just around the corner and the puck will drop in October before you know it. The best thing about this time of the year is every team has a completely blank slate. Every team enters the 2019-20 season with the same record – 0 wins, 0 losses, 0 ties.
It’s time for fans to get excited for what should be an unforgettable 2019-20 season. Even though only one team can win the Stanley Cup, every team has something to root for. Yes, even those teams that aren’t going to contend for Lord Stanley.
Hockey can be a cruel, unforgiving, heartless game. So why should every team’s fanbase be pumped for the puck to drop in October? That’s a good question. Let’s take a look at one reason why fans from every team should be excited about their favorite team.
Anaheim Ducks – A New Day
The team will look noticeably younger this season, as Sam Steel, Max Jones, and Troy Terry are all likely going to earn full-time spots in the lineup.
The era of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry is officially over. It ended when the Anaheim Ducks bought out the latter. Also, Getzlaf is starting to decline. His 0.72 points per game rate last season was the second-lowest of his career. Getzlaf’s best days are most likely behind him.
Head coach Randy Carlyle, who led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup back in 2007, was let go for the second time this summer. Replacing him will be Dallas Eakins, who did an outstanding job with the San Diego Gulls.
The team will look noticeably younger this season, as Sam Steel, Max Jones, and Troy Terry are all likely going to earn full-time spots in the lineup. Jacob Larsson could as well, though the Ducks blueline is a tad bit crowded.
If goaltender John Gibson is healthy, he’s fully capable of carrying the Ducks to the postseason. They probably won’t make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but if Gibson’s healthy, their chances can’t be completely dismissed.