Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks having similar internal issues

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 08: Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings during the opening face-off during the first period of a game played on October 8, 2018 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 08: Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings during the opening face-off during the first period of a game played on October 8, 2018 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Somehow Ryan Getzlaf remains more than just the vocal leader; he leads the Ducks in assists and points.

Bob Heyrman: Ryan Getzlaf has had a tremendous career, but do you still consider him an NHL first line center?

Ciara Durant:  I think you’re trying to get me in trouble with Ducks Nation, Bob. To be honest, no. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ryan Getzlaf, he is the epitome of everything the Anaheim Ducks organization stands for. He is also one of the better players on the Anaheim Ducks roster and the best center out of the four. However, as I said, the NHL is transitioning into a speed driven league, and the entire Anaheim Ducks roster hasn’t been able to keep up. The evidence? Their 11 game losing streak.

I must give Getzlaf props though. For his age, he is still outplaying many other players currently active in the NHL. Most of the other centers his age can’t keep up as well. I do think that a new coach and a different system would do him wonders though. It would do wonders for the entire team. I think after seeing him perform under new conditions I might reconsider. However, at this point, the Ducks need some youth up front.

I am of the opinion that Sam Steel is one of the best options for the Anaheim Ducks next number one center. The kid can play, and while he was struggling when he played in Anaheim at the beginning of the season, young players like him aren’t accustomed to playing the old dump and chase style of hockey that Randy Carlyle has seemed to trademark.