Captain Getzlaf's First Year
On October 13th, 2010, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Ryan Getzlaf had been named Captain, replacing the great Scott Neidermayer, who had announced his retirement that past June. Getzlaf had 19 goals and 50 assists in 66 games during the 2009-2010 season, and a total of 107 goals and 232 assists in 363 games during his five seasons as a Duck.
In his first season as captain, Getzlaf led his team to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the Ducks ultimately fell short in their efforts and were eliminated in the first round. The tough way to end things aside, Getzlaf had himself a great season -- save for the injury he suffered back in December. Let’s take a look back on his first year wearing the “C.”
In 67 games this season, Getzlaf potted 19 goals and had 57 assists, for a total of 76 points. If he’d played a full season, his goal total would have been closer to 25 (or possibly have exceeded that number) and his assists would have been around 70 or so. He could have come ended the season second to teammate Corey Perry (98 points), as opposed to third behind Perry and Teemu Selanne. However, 76 points is nothing to scoff at.
Getzlaf was injured during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 28th, 2010. Early in the second period, a shot deflected off of a Coyotes player and struck Getzlaf in the face.
He did not return after leaving the ice, and went on to miss 14 games with multiple sinus fractures. In his return game on February 9th, he had an assist and was plus-2 on the night.
This season, Getzlaf was an integral part of, arguably, the best line in the NHL. Getzlaf and linemates Perry and Bobby Ryan combined for 103 goals and 142 assists for a total of 245 points on the season. This Getzlaf goal, with assists from his linemates, was his 19th of the regular season and an absolute beauty.
In the playoffs, the Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan line combined for 7 goals and 11 assists in 6 games. During Game 4 against the Nashville Predators (a 6-3 Ducks win), Getzlaf scored a great goal, showing off his patience and intelligence on the ice.
At only 26 years of age, Getzlaf still has time to grow and develop. His first season as Captain was a good one, and the next will undoubtedly be even better. If he continues to play at the level he has thus far -- and stays on that incredibly skilled and powerful line with Perry and Ryan -- he will surely find great success and accomplish plenty as both a player and a captain.