The Anaheim Ducks will miss Bobby Ryan this season. Whether was fitting in with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the top line or anchoring the second line, Ryan helped make that offense go.
Now he is off to play with the Ottawa Senators, where he could flank elite playmaker Jason Spezza. With venerable winger Teemu Selanne flirting with retirement again, the Ducks are left hoping their young guns are ready to shoot straight.
Here are their top five candidates to produce offense:
Jakob Silfverberg, W: He was the key piece coming back in the Ryan trade. He has Top 6 talent but he is still adapting to the North American game. He scored 10 goals with a plus-9 rating in 48 games last season for Ottawa. He scored 24 goals in 49 games during his final season in the Swedish Elite League.
Kyle Palmieri, W: He scored 10 goals in 42 games last season, then earned some top line duty during the playoffs as he produced five points in seven games. He also scored 13 goals in 33 games for Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
Nick Bonino, C: He should anchor the second line this season after scoring 13 points in 27 games last season. At Boston University, he scored 88 points in 77 games during his final two college seasons.
Emerson Etem, W: After scoring just three goals in 38 regular season games, this speedster scored three times in seven playoff games last season. He scored 107 points in 65 games for Medicine Hat to close out his Western Hockey League career.
Peter Holland, W: He saw his first significant NHL duty, scoring five points in 21 games last season. He also scored 39 points in 45 games for Norfolk last season.