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Mighty Ducks Facts

October 04, 2000|ELLIOTT TEAFORD

1999-2000 record: 34-36-12-3.

LAST SEASON: Fifth in the Pacific Division, ninth in the Western Conference.

WHO'S NEW: Right wing Dan Bylsma (free agent), left wing Jim Cummins (free agent), right wing Andrei Nazarov (trade), left wing Jonas Ronnqvist (draft), center German Titov (free agent) and defenseman Patrick Traverse (trade).

WHO'S GONE: Left wing Ted Donato (not re-signed), left wing Stu Grimson (not re-signed), defenseman Kevin Haller (not re-signed), center Jorgen Jonsson (not re-signed), center Kip Miller (not re-signed), right wing Jeff Nielsen (expansion draft), defenseman Fredrik Olausson (retired) and right wing Ed Ward (trade).

PROJECTED LINES: First line--left wing Paul Kariya (42 goals, 86 points), center Antti Aalto (7, 18), right wing Teemu Selanne (33, 85); second line--Mike Leclerc (8, 19), German Titov (17, 46), Marty McInnis (10, 28); third line--Jonas Ronnqvist (15, 39 in Sweden), Matt Cullen (13, 39), Andrei Nazarov (10,32); fourth line--Dan Bylsma (3, 9 with the Kings), Tony Hrkac (4,13 with the Islanders and Ducks), Jim Cummins (3, 8).

PROJECTED DEFENSE PAIRINGS: Oleg Tverdovsky (15, 51) and Niclas Havelid (2, 9); Ruslan Salei (5, 10) and Vitaly Vishnevski (1, 2); Patrick Traverse (6, 23) and Jason Marshall (0, 3).

GOALTENDERS: Guy Hebert (28-31-9, 2.51 goals-against average); Dominic Roussel (6-5-3, 3.16).

KEY TO THE SEASON: Actually, there are three. First, the new and improved second line must produce. Second, the power play and penalty killing units must improve. Third, the Ducks must avoid injuries and suspensions.

OUTLOOK: The Ducks have more depth up front and more speed on defense. Their success depends on how better production from their beefed-up second, third and fourth lines.

TICKETS: (714) 740-2000.

ROSTER

CENTERS

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No. Player Season Ht., Wt. Comment 14 Antti Aalto 3 6-2, 210 Starting on top line for injured Rucchin 17 Matt Cullen 3 6-1, 197 Asked to play stronger all-around game on third line 20 Steve Rucchin 6 6-3, 212 Sidelined another 2 1/2 weeks because of broken hand 13 German Titov 7 6-1, 201 Signed as a free agent to bolster second line 15 Tony Hrkac 10 5-11, 170 Dependable veteran asked to center fourth line

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RIGHT WINGS

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No. Player Season Ht., Wt. Comment 21 Dan Bylsma 5 6-2, 209 Could help improve woeful penalty-killing unit 29 Ladislav Kohn 2 5-11, 194 Pesky role player is expected to score more often 16 Marty McInnis 9 5-11, 190 Hoping to rebound after abdominal surgery 26 Andrei Nazarov 7 6-5, 230 Downright mean at times in well-traveled career 8 Teemu Selanne 8 6-0, 204 On rebound from "disappointing" 33-goal output

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LEFT WINGS

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No. Player Season Ht., Wt. Comment 19 Jim Cummins 9 6-2, 219 Team's new enforcer isn't a bad skater, puckhandler 9 Paul Kariya 6 5-10, 173 Hoping to evolve as better, more vocal team leader 12 Mike Leclerc 3 6-1, 206 Only 23, but team is hoping for a breakout season 22 Jonas Ronnqvist R 6-1, 200 Impressive veteran of Swedish Elite League.

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DEFENSEMEN

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No. Player Season Ht., Wt. Comment 28 Niclas Havelid 1 6-0, 192 Good fit with Oleg Tverdovsky 23 Jason Marshall 5 6-2, 200 Hard-nosed guy opponents have to play against 24 Ruslan Salei 4 6-1, 212 Aggressive style rankles opponents 3 Patrick Traverse 3 6-3, 190 Versatile addition from Ottawa 27 Pascal Trepanier 3 6-0, 210 Aggressive player who also can fill in at wing 7 Pavel Trnka 3 6-3, 200 Good skills and size, but still learning 10 Oleg Tverdovsky 6 6-0, 200 Poised to become one of top young defensemen 6 Vitaly Vishnevski 1 6-2, 200 Hard to spell, harder to play against

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GOALTENDERS

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No. Player Season Ht., Wt. Comment 31 Guy Hebert 9 5-11, 186 Got in perhaps best shape of his career over summer 30 Dominic Roussel 7 6-2, 200 Outdueled Jean-Sebastien Giguere for backup job

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