19th Overall in 2003
Ryan Getzlaf has played a tremendous amount of hockey. He knows how to score and assist, and especially lead a team. He was present on the team when they won the Stanley cup in 2007, then was named an alternate captain to Scott Niedermayer. After the great Niedermayer retired, Getzlaf was voted by his teammates to be the team captain. This is Beyond the ‘C’: The Story of Ryan Getzlaf.
Ryan grew up playing many sports. He played hockey, volleyball, football, and baseball. He has a brother, Chris, who plays in the Canadian Football League. But for Ryan, his main focus was hockey. He played for the Calgary Hitmen and registered only 18 points in his rookie season. He surely improved his next season by contributing 68 points. After being drafted in 2003 to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, he returned to Calgary to play two more seasons with the Hitmen. In his final season in Calgary, he suffered a concussion from a collision with Red Deer Rebels’ (and NHL power-hitter) Dion Phaneuf. He returned and scored 54 points in 51 games.
When he started playing in the professionals, he was playing in the AHL with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. When he was brought up to the NHL, he contributed 39 points in 57 games, even though he played 2 months in Portland. He was with the Ducks in the Western Conference Final in his rookie season, but lost in 5 games to the Edmonton Oilers. The next year, he was on the “Kid Line” with Corey Perry (21) and Dustin Penner (24). Getzlaf helped defeat the Ottawa Senators for their first franchise Stanley Cup Championship, leading the Duck’s roster with 17 points in 21 playoff games.
Getzlaf, coming off of a contract extension of 5 years and $26.625 million, put up a career high 82 point season. Before the 2008-2009 season, he was named alternate captain with Chris Pronger. This led to a career high 91 point season. When Scott Niedermayer retired, Getzlaf was voted captain.
Sean McCaulley is a writer for the Ducks Daily Blog. He gave me his opinion on Ryan Getzlaf. Here it is.
“Getzy is certainly an interesting character. On the ice, he plays both sides of the ice and will pound the opposition. Off the ice, he’s a guy who can certainly keep a team loose. Hockey locker rooms can be some of the funniest places in the world and Getzy is one of the best. We’ve all seen “Ryan vs. Ryan” parts one and deux during the NHL Awards Show. That’s a pretty good indication of his style of comedy. He’s a huge guy, but is definitely not a guy to be afraid of. Except when you piss him off on the ice because he’s not afraid of the fisticuffs. Last season was a tough season for the Ducks, and especially for Captain Duck. It was definitely the worst season of his career, his lowest point total since his rookie season back in 2005-2006. It was also the first season of his career where he finished below zero in plus/minus. However, he has proven that he can be an elite scorer and I’m pretty confident that he can turn it around next season, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Getzy reach 90+ points for the second time in his career.”
Ryan Getzlaf has a great opportunity to shine and take his team to the Stanley Cup Finals again. Do I think the Ducks will win another cup with Getzlaf? No. But hey, I hope he can prove me wrong.
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