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Key points as Anaheim Ducks open training camp

The roles of Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf are among burning questions, while Jonas Hiller, Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano are players to watch.

September 16, 2011|By Lisa Dillman
  • Ducks veteran winger Teemu Selanne battles Vancouver's Mason Raymond (21) and Andrew Alberts for control of the puck in the corner at the Honda Center.
Ducks veteran winger Teemu Selanne battles Vancouver's Mason Raymond… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

Burning questions

What will Teemu Selanne do in his last (maybe) act? If not 80 points at age 40, well, why not 90 points at a sprightly 41? Selanne, who had off-season knee surgery, ended the summer of suspense by agreeing to a one-year deal practically on the eve of camp. At 40 years old, Selanne was responsible for many of the Ducks' defining moments during their late surge to a playoff spot last season, sprinkling in timely goals throughout the final month. His relaxed presence will be a comforting asset in the dressing room.

How will Edmonton South fare? The Ducks practically raided the Oilers' roster. Not only is there center Andrew Cogliano but also three others who will play supporting roles in the organization, including defenseman Kurtis Foster, who has one of the league's hardest slap shots. J.F. Jacques will provide George Parros with some assistance in an enforcer's role and Jeff Deslauriers is the organization's No. 3 goalie, after they did not re-sign Ray Emery.

What is next for Ryan Getzlaf? Now in his second season as captain after replacing icon Scott Niedermayer, Getzlaf missed 15 games mid-season with orbital bone fractures, and still managed 76 points in 67 games. He could potentially challenge for the scoring title if he gets through the year injury-free.

Players to watch

Jonas Hiller. The goalie was well on his way to establishing himself as one of the NHL's elite goaltenders through the season's first half and played in the NHL All-Star game, but then began suffering from vertigo and couldn't shake it. Hiller reported progress in the summer and, if he has recovered, goaltending will be an organizational strength considering how well Dan Ellis played after coming over from Tampa Bay late in the season.

Corey Perry. The forward's exceptional final month propelled the Ducks into a playoff spot and left him as the league's only 50-goal scorer last season … and some shiny objects for his trophy case, most notably, the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. The big test will be to see what, if anything, he can possibly do for an encore.

Cogliano. The Ducks brought in one ex-Edmonton Oiler, Cogliano, to fill the void caused when another ex-Oiler, Todd Marchant, retired in the off-season. Cogliano was stuck in a crowd of small forwards in Edmonton, but he will have a somewhat defined role with the Ducks, anchoring the third line at center. Cogliano demonstrated a scoring touch in his college days. If he can regain that, it will only help meet the need for additional secondary scoring.

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