The Anaheim Ducks traded one of their top forwards earlier this offseason when they shipped Bobby Ryan out of town. It was a move that helped them get deeper as a team. But it also could put more of a burden on Corey Perry to step his game up in terms of his offensive output.
Without Ryan in the mix, the Ducks are a deeper team, but they also don’t have a player capable of taking over a game. Which means that the likes of Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are about to become even more important. That goes for Perry in particular, who struggled a bit with his consistency in 2013.
Perry appeared in all but four games for the Ducks in 2013, with those four he was absence for coming on the heels of a suspension after he threw his shoulder into the head of Jason Zucker. The shortened season certainly limited his production, compared to what we’ve seen in the past from Perry.
In 44 games, Perry found the back of the net only 15 times, but finished with a very solid 36 points overall. The 15 goals represented his lowest goal-scoring rate in the last several years, though. And in the playoffs, things didn’t get much better for Perry, as he was a ghost in the Ducks’ first round elimination.
He finished the seven games of the first round with only two points, both coming via the assist. In fact, from April 1st, until the Ducks were eliminated from the postseason on May 12th, Perry found the back of the net only four times. His struggles actually began earlier than that as well.
The Ducks won’t be able to afford these inconsistencies from Perry moving forward. Taking Ryan out of the mix takes a 30-goal scorer out of the lineup, meaning Perry is going to have to return to his own 30-goal scoring ways. If not, even a deeper Ducks team might not be able to make much noise in the postseason next year.