Although Ryan is gone, Boudreau's core group looks very similar to the one he had in the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are still the big stars on offense and 43-year-old winger Teemu Selanne is back for one more year.
Although Anaheim entered last spring's postseason as the second-seeded team in the West, the Ducks bowed out in the opening round to the Detroit Red Wings. Getting back to the playoffs is once again the goal for Anaheim, but Boudreau, a coach who often has been criticized for coming up small in the postseason, has to also prove he can get the job done once the regular season ends.
FORWARDS - In an ideal world the Ducks would have liked to hang onto Ryan, who at 26 years of age has already reached the 30-goal mark four times.
However, when Ducks general manager Bob Murray inked both Getzlaf and Perry to lucrative eight-year contract extensions last March it seemed like something had to give and that something was Ryan. Out the door went Ryan and his $5.1 million a year cap hit and in came Silfverberg, who is entering the final year of his entry-level contract before he is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2014.
With a cap hit of $900,000 in 2013-14, Silfverberg could wind up being one of the NHL's best bargains this season. The highly-skilled Swede expects to join Getzlaf and Perry on the club's top line and should have plenty of opportunities to fill the score sheet.
As a rookie with the Senators last season, Silfverberg notched 10 goals and nine assists over 48 games. Those numbers could increase dramatically over a full 82-game season playing alongside Getzlaf and Perry.
In Getzlaf, the Ducks boast one of the top playmaking centermen in the NHL. The 28-year-old had a solid rebound season in 2013, registering 49 points (15G, 34A) in 44 games after recording just 57 points in 82 games during the 2011-12 campaign.
Getzlaf led Anaheim in points in 2013 and also tied Perry for the team lead in goals. A pure sniping winger, Perry had 50 goals in 82 games for the Ducks in 2010-11, but has managed 52 markers in 124 regular-season tilts over the past two seasons.
With Ryan in tow the Ducks were ranked eighth in the NHL in offense last season with an average of 2.79 goals per game. Even if Silfverberg experiences some growing pains they should still be in the top-half of the league in offense in 2013-14.
Selanne announced in late August he was returning for one final season and he still figures to be the top gun on Anaheim's second line. The future Hall of Famer notched 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games with the Ducks last season and will enter this campaign with 675 career goals, placing him 11th on the NHL's all-time list. Selanne is six goals behind Jaromir Jagr, another ageless wonder who is set to play for the New Jersey Devils in 2013-14.
Like Selanne, centerman Saku Koivu also was re-signed to a one-year deal this summer and he expects to anchor the second line along with his Finnish compatriot. Koivu, 38, impressed with 27 points (8G, 19A) over 47 games last season -- his fourth in Anaheim after spending over a decade with the Montreal Canadiens.
Dustin Penner is a new/old face for the Ducks this year, re-joining the club he helped win a Stanley Cup in 2006-07. Penner, who also won a title with crosstown rival Los Angeles in the spring of 2012, inked a one-year, $2 million deal with Anaheim this offseason. The veteran winger only had two goals and 12 assists in 33 games with the Kings in 2013, but he could play a bigger offensive role with Anaheim this season.