The Anaheim Ducks have won two straight games and could soon clinch the Pacific Division title for the season, guaranteeing them a top-three seed for the playoffs. While the Ducks have had a great deal of success this season due to the great performance of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, one recent addition to the team has come up big in the past five games. Winger Radek Dvorak joined the Ducks in late March, after playing in Switzerland earlier in the year. In five games with the Ducks, he has scored three goals, with two coming in a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.
Dvorak is 36 years old and a veteran of 16 NHL seasons. Adding a player of his age at the point in the season the Ducks did would usually be seen as a move to add experience, but Dvorak is showing he can still bring extra scoring to the table as well. He will soon play his 1200th career game, and he is currently just one goal shy of matching his output in 73 games for the Dallas Stars last season. He has also played for the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Oilers, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers.
The Ducks have been using Dvorak on a line with Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik, and so far that has been working well. While known for their young talent, the Ducks may be a favorite heading into the playoffs this season due to the veteran presence and performance of Dvorak, Koivu and Teemu Selanne.