Anaheim Ducks fans, it's time to dust off your jerseys, sharpen your skates, and get ready for an exhilarating journey through another thrilling season of on-ice action.
During the 2022-2023 season, as the core of the team underwent a transformation, we witnessed the stark reality of GM Pat Verbeek's restructuring efforts from the previous season. The Ducks reached their lowest point. With a record of 23 wins, 47 losses, and 12 ties, Anaheim finished at the bottom of the league.
The 2023-2024 Season
While last season was undoubtedly a trying one for the Ducks, things are looking up already. he Ducks secured the coveted No. 2 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery. This allowed the team to pick a potential franchise cornerstone, Swedish center Leo Carlsson.
In hopes of a better season, the Ducks made the biggest move in free agency by signing two-time Stanley Cup champion, Alex Killorn from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Killorn, who turns 34 in September, is coming off a career-year with 27 goals and 64 points. Will he be able to replicate these numbers with the Ducks? If Jamie Drysdale and Cam Fowler stay healthy and contribute from the defense, we truly believe he can. The Ducks also recruited long-timer and former Florida Panther Radko Gudas in hopes of strengthening their defense.
However, that’s not all the Ducks have in their favor. The team boasts a youthful and talented lineup. Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras will continue to lead the way, but there are plenty of gifted players on the roster ready to make their mark. Keep an eye on Leo Carlsson and Mason McTavish, both of whom could find themselves in prominent roles within the top six. On the defensive front, anticipate significant strides from Jamie Drysdale and Jackson LaCombe.
Following four seasons under Dallas Eakins' leadership, the Ducks are taking a chance on Greg Cronin. A first-time NHL head coach, Cronin worked as assistant coach for the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. Cronin is recognized for his meticulous coaching style, emphasizing defensive discipline, a quality that the Ducks are looking forward to.
Be Part of the Games
The first puck of the 30th Anniversary season at Honda Center drops on October 15 as the team takes on the Carolina Hurricanes. This season the Ducks play 41 regular-season home games, of which 26 will be on weekends: 10 Friday games, two Saturday evening games and 14 Sunday matches.
Honoring the team’s 30th season, the Ducks are planning 30 theme and giveaway nights including the fan-favorite, Dia de Los Muertos celebration and three special Legacy Nights celebrating specific eras of the franchise’s 30-year-old history.
Another significant date to mark on your calendar is Wild Wing's Birthday Bash on October 19. The season will also see the return of classic theme nights such as Angels Night on January 23rd. Additionally, events like Pride Night on January 5 and Women in Sports Night on March 24th will return for their second year's running.
With the promise of a new season ahead, the Ducks are ready to go. Be there as the team takes flight!