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2005-06 Finish: 43-27-12, 6th West
General Manager: Brian Burke (2nd Season)
Head Coach: Randy Carlyle (2nd Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 254
2005-06 Goals Against: 229
2005-06 Power Play: 18.1% (14th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 83.5% (13th)
Points Leader: Teemu Selanne (90)
Goals Leader: Teemu Selanne (40)
Assists Leader: Andy McDonald (51)

Offseason Moves: Acquired defenceman Chris Pronger from the Edmonton Oilers for right wing Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Ladislav Smid, a 2007 first-round pick, a 2008 second-round pick and a conditional first-round pick; signed left wing Stanislav Chistov, who had been in Russia; signed goaltender Michael Leighton, who had been with the Buffalo Sabres, to a one-year contract; signed right wing Shawn Thornton, who had been with the Chicago Blackhawks, to a one-year contract; signed centre Travis Green, who had been with the Boston Bruins, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Ian Moran, who had been with the Boston Bruins, to a one-year contract; acquired forward Karl Stewart, a 2007 second-round pick and a conditional draft pick from the Atlanta Thrashers for defenceman Vitali Vishnevski.

Goaltending: If the 2005-06 season was any indication, it should be another battle between Jean Sebastien Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov for the top spot. Giguere won 30 games in 60 regular season appearances last season with a 2.66 goals against average, but struggled in the playoffs as the Ducks turned to Bryzgalov. Both players want the No. 1 job this season, and it could work to the Ducks' advantage with more wins.

Defence: There is no defensive duo in the league that can match up with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on paper. Teams will be scratching their collective heads trying to figure out how to beat them in their own zone, and will also dread seeing them on the point when trying to kill a penalty. And Anaheim's strength on the blueline doesn't end there. Francois Beauchemin will be building off a superb playoff run with the Ducks, while Sean O'Donnell brings plenty of size and a mean streak on top of it.

Forwards: The new NHL rules and the crackdown on obstruction proved to be a blessing for Teemu Selanne. His impressive offensive output (40 goals and 90 points) hadn't been seen since his earlier days with the Ducks, and there's no reason to believe he won't put up the same numbers this year. Andy McDonald posted career numbers, and the team will benefit with Samuel Pahlsson taking draws on the second line with a returning Stanislav Chistov. Travis Green gives the Ducks another good faceoff man, which is all too valuable in a game that preaches puck possession. A lot more will be expected from sophomores Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry if the Ducks want more scoring from their other lines.

Welcome to the NHL: Dustin Penner did not look out of place in his 19 games with the Ducks in 2005-06, and even saw some quality playing time on the top line with Selanne and McDonald. He looked even better in the postseason, scoring nine points in 16 games. The 6-4, 227 pound forward has the size to park himself in front of the net for scoring chances, and good soft hands to knock in the puck. He should get full-time duty this season.
 
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