Anaheim Ducks: 5 Players To Build Around In 2014-15

5 Players for the Anaheim Ducks to Build Around in 2014

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After losing in the second round of the 2014 NHL playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks and the rest of the NHL said goodbye to Teemu Selanne. Selanne may not have been the most talented player on the Ducks' roster, but he is one of the most decorated players in NHL history who gained respect from everyone he played with or against. With Selanne retired, it will be up to a new core of players to lead the Ducks to a Stanley Cup.

5. John Gibson

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5. John Gibson

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The 20-year-old from Pittsburgh, PA may have made a name for himself during the playoffs, but it will take the next few years to determine whether or not Gibson is the Ducks' franchise goaltender. At 6-foot-3, Gibson has the build that is becoming the norm for successful goaltenders in the NHL, but the main question will be whether or not he can handle the pressure to win at such a young age.

4. Rickard Rakell

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4. Rickard Rakell

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Rickard Rakell may have only 18 games of NHL experience, but he has proved in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals that he can be productive offensively. Rakell won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2012 World Juniors and will have fantastic mentors in Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry as he transitions into an everyday NHL'er. At just 21-years-old, look for Rakell to make quite the splash in 2014.

3. Kyle Palmieri

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3. Kyle Palmieri

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Kyle Palmieri is signed for the next two years, but will be a workhorse in 2014 as he tries to earn himself a higher-paying contract. In his first season as a regular in the NHL, Palmieri had 31 points in 71 games and will be another guy that the Ducks can rally around to score big goals.

2. Hampus Lindholm

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2. Hampus Lindholm

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Another young talent for the Ducks at just 20-years-old, Hampus Lindholm proved in his rookie season that he is the Ducks' defenseman of the future. Lindholm's plus-29 rating in the regular season was 12th best in the entire NHL and Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins was the only rookie defenseman to have more than Lindholm's 30 points. The Ducks also have Lindholm under contract for the next two years.

1. Corey Perry

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1. Corey Perry

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There's no doubt about it – if the Ducks are going to be successful in 2014, they're going to have to get a big year from Corey Perry. Love him or hate him, Perry has established himself as one of the top goal scoring threats in the NHL and his play will likely determine how far the Ducks go next season.

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