One of the biggest surprises for the Anaheim Ducks this season was the standout play of veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Now that the season is over, Beauchemin has undergone surgery to fix a ligament in his knee, but the good news for the Ducks is that he is expected to be back for the start of the 2013-14 season.
If there’s any kind of silver lining in the Ducks’ early exit from the playoffs, it’s that any of their injured players now have a longer offseason to recover. The veteran defenseman scored six goals and posted 24 points, while also boasting an impressive plus-19 rating. He delivered even more in the playoffs, giving the Ducks six points in seven games to tie for the team scoring lead.
Beauchemin may be nearly 33 years old, but he managed to post almost the same scoring totals that he normally does in a full season, despite the lockout shortening the season to 48 games. Health has not been an issue for Beauchemin since he came to the Ducks, and hopefully this injury doesn’t slow him down either.
With young players like Luca Sbisa and Cam Fowler taking on expanded roles, the veteran experience of a player like Beauchemin is incredibly valuable. The Ducks finished the season ninth in goals against, and had the 13th ranked penalty kill unit. Beauchemin was a big part of that success, and the Ducks need him to be able to turn in another great season.