What To Expect From Captain Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 19th overall in the 2003 draft. Since then, he has proven his worth and made quite a name of himself. In 2010, the Ducks caved into the recent trend of giving the captaincy to a young, talented star. Ryan Getzlaf has since filled that role.

Last season, his first year of poor performance was highly scrutinized. Criticism flooded the Duck boards wanting the captaincy to go to another player and some even questioned his future with Anaheim. I’ll admit I was one of them, but I didn’t suggest the latter of the two.

Getzlaf may not be like Zdeno Chara, but he’s a beast. He brings size, grit, skill, and depth to any team. Getz is an individual a team would build there team around and Anaheim has stuck to their guns in doing so. But you can’t help but wonder if he experiences another decrease in his performance that he might seek other options once this last year of his contract is up or, on the flipside, Anaheim might part ways with him or may try and low-ball him based on his recent numbers.

By all means, I am disappointed in Getzlaf. But, I am an avid believer that the captain should be given to a proven veteran with character. Maybe that’s why my disappointment in Getzlaf has gotten extreme. He is our captain; therefore, I expect more. Captains aren’t always the players who put the puck in the back of the net, but that’s Getlaf’s specialty and he failed to really do so last season.

Last year, Getz played the entire season and came out of it a minus player who only registered 11 goals. Those are numbers that speak volumes, but the one that bothers me the most is his shooting percentage. Getz had a meager 5.9% shooting percentage for the season, which make sense based on his low numbers. The Ducks are guilty of passing too much and looking for the pretty play, but as an offensive player like Getz has never had a problem putting the puck on the net.

I can’t see Getzlaf leaving Anaheim. He was drafted here and won a Cup with this city. Anaheim needs to make sure that remains certain or I can very much so picture Corey Perry parting ways if he were to ever be separated from his “twin.”

That’s a whole other story for another day.

Last year was hard to watch, but I don’t predict another season as such from our captain. The team made some changes, Teemu Selanne is back, and Getz has something to prove. If not for himself, or to win the cup, his new contract will follow after the season’s end and that’s something that most high paying stars will play for.


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  • Ted

    “The Ducks are guilty of passing too much and looking for the pretty play but as an offensive player like Getz has never had a problem putting the puck on the net.” Not sure who you’ve been watching but Getzlaf has always been a pass first guy, His main critique over the years is that he doesn’t shoot enough. Being able to shoot and actually shooting are very different, Getz has a great shot, he just doesn’t use it enough.

    • Michelle Drinnenberg

      I was merely looking at his massive decrease in shooting percentage. I know he is more of a playmaker and assist man. I, along with others, wish he used his shot more.

      • John Jones

        Shooting % calculates the amount of goals per shots taken, it’s not just how many shots he has taken total, the 6% dip is mostly because of how horrendous the Ducks PP was last season. Getzlaf was actually shooting more last season than the one prior to it, his average in 11/12 was 2.2 shots per game while in 10/11 it was only 1.7 and he was better than a point per game player in that season.

        • Michelle Drinnenberg

          Point taken. Here’s hoping there’s actually a season and the Ducks can step things up. You wouldn’t think our PP/special teams would be horrendous, but last season was brutal to watch. With the off-season additions, subtractions and Bruce coaching an entire season I expect things to change.

          What are your thoughts about Getz being captain? Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy. I guess it’s hard for me to transition to the new trend when I grew up watching veterans wearing the C.

          • John Jones

            I think it’s too early to tell about the captaincy, He needs to be better, no question about that. On the other hand, it’s only been one season and being captain means having a ton of responsibilities that he’s not accustomed to yet, I think his son being born had some effect on his game too, not really a good excuse I know but I think after some adjustments he’ll be fine.

          • Michelle Drinnenberg

            I completely agree with everything, but one thing. An athlete’s personal life can not affect their play. I do understand that we are all human and are not perfect, but Giguere had to play while his son was going through eye surgeries and such. That too, though, affected his play. I do think with time that Getz will be even more amazing, but he needs to overcome the urge to take stupid penalties and to lash out in anger.