Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/26/13
The Anaheim Ducks wrap up their regular season Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes and by the time they hit the ice, they will likely know who they will be facing in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Anaheims turnaround from last season -- from worst to first in the Pacific Division -- doesnt happen without some notable individual performances. Captain Ryan Getzlaf will be part of the discussion for candidates for the leagues Most Valuable Player and the same goes for Francois Beauchemin when talking the Norris Trophy, handed out to the NHLs top defenseman. Entering the Ducks final game of the season, Getzlaf was the team leader in goals, assists and points. He has been in and around the top ten in league scoring all season, and was tied for second in points amongst all Western Conference scorers. Ive always told Getzy, that he can be the best player in the league if he wants to be," said teammate Teemu Selanne. There is no question he is having an MVP type season. Getzlaf 20 minutes plus per game on the ice is the most for any Ducks forward. He plays in all situations and leads the team in shorthanded goals and is second on the team in both powerplay and game=winning goals. All this for a team who will finish as the number two seed in the conference as well as having the third best record in the entire NHL. His main competition for the award will come from the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and the Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin. Like Getzlaf, one of the biggest hurdles that Beauchemin faces is that he plays the majority of his games when most of the East Coast voters are sleeping. In addition, he doesnt have the offensive flash of the Canadiens' P.K. Subban or the Penguins' Kris Letang, two players, often mentioned as leading candidates for the award. What Beauchemin has is one of the most important attributes for a defenseman. He is a major factor in shutting down the oppositions top players and a physical presence every time he is on the ice. Beauchemins five goals and twenty three points have him in the top 25 for points by a defenseman. While many of the other candidates for the awards have their advantages, both Getzlaf and Beauchemin have maintained their consistency throughout the season, spearheading the Ducks' turnaround. Come awards time, we will see if the voters see it the same way.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Police recommend charges against LeSean McCoy

Heat interested in Kings’ 3-point specialist Omri Casspi

Rick Pitino thinks Louisville should be fined $10 million for scandal

Browns LB Armonty Bryant indicted on felony drug charge

Report: Danny Ainge 'excited' at chance to add Al Horford

Pat Haden collapsed on USC campus

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

Terrell Owens says Cris Carter 'begged his way' into HOF

QUIZ: Name every WWE Heavyweight Champion

Three NHL players who can cement their legacies like Peyton Manning

Top 11 story lines for the 2016 NFL offseason

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker