Over the last month or so, I've been writing player profiles which look at each player on the Anaheim Ducks and assess how they performed this year. This article will look at each player who was traded by the Ducks this season and how they performed with the team before being dealt.
NOTE: Only players who played at least 15 games with the Ducks will be listed, so Daniel Sprong has been left off the list.
Grant was a staple on the fourth line for the Ducks and produced at an extremely strong rate considering his role, scoring 14 goals and 20 points in 49 games, a pace of 23 goals per 82 games. He was averaging under 14 minutes per game with the Ducks but was a key part of the bottom-six. Considering he’ll be an unrestricted free agent, we could still hold out hope that the Ducks may bring him back next season for a third run with the team.
Holzer was never a permanent part of Anaheim’s defense group, but he did get into 46 games for the Ducks this season, the most of any season in his career. His underlying numbers weren’t great but that can be partially explained by his defensive role. He was dealt to Nashville at the deadline in a fairly minor deal for Matt Irwin, who was also on an expiring contract.
Kase’s numbers were down from the last two seasons but he was still on pace for 38 points this year (per 82 games) and his possession stats were actually very strong. A good reason for his lower production was his wildly low shooting percentage of just 5.2 per cent, compared to 11.7 per cent in 2018-19. I’m still unsure of how I feel about the Ducks trading him, especially while his value was low, but they did still manage to get a decent return.
The Ducks dealt Ritchie while his value was high in order to get someone with a higher ceiling in exchange. Ritchie had scored eight goals and 19 points in 41 games with the Ducks and was also coming off a very strong 2018-19 season. Ritchie’s 2019-20 underlying stats with Anaheim were very good as well, which included the highest expected goals for percentage of any regular skater on the team at the time he was traded, along with a corsi for percentage of 52.8 per cent (according to NaturalStatTrick.com). While he may not keep those numbers up in Boston, Ritchie was having a very strong season for the Ducks before he was traded.
Getting Sonny Milano in exchange for Devin Shore was certainly a win for the Ducks. Shore was in the midst of his worst season yet (at least statistically) and had scored just four goals and 10 points in 39 games, a pace of just eight goals and 21 points per 82 games. Considering he’s been consistently good for about 10 goals and 30 points a year, it was a disappointing season for Shore and Anaheim was truthfully quite lucky to get such a good return for him.
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Here’s today’s poll question (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
Is there any player that you wish hadn't been traded?