Ducks Rank Highly in ESPN The Magazine “Ultimate Standings” Franchise Issue

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Ducks Rank Highly in ESPN The Magazine \u201CUltimate Standings\u201D Franchise Issue
The Ducks ranked No. 2 in the NHL and No. 8 in all of professional sports (all 122 teams in the NHL\/NFL\/MLB\/NBA) in this year\u2019s ESPN The Magazine \u201CUltimate Standings\u201D Franchise Issue. The poll is based primarily on a national fan survey with respect to all facets of the organization.
The Ducks ranked No. 2 in the NHL and No. 8 in all of professional sports (all 122 teams in the NHL/NFL/MLB/NBA) in this year’s ESPN The Magazine “Ultimate Standings” Franchise Issue. The poll is based primarily on a national fan survey with respect to all facets of the organization.  

This marks the third time since 2007 the Ducks have been No. 1 or No. 2 in the NHL AND in the top eight in all of pro sports. Anaheim has been in the top eight of the NHL and the top 23 in all of pro sports in six of the last seven years. 

The Ducks ranked No. 1 in the NHL and No. 6 in pro sports in “Bang for the Buck,” which measures whether fans are getting their money’s worth.

Below is the ESPN The Magazine report:

No. 8: Anaheim Ducks
Last year's rank: 37
Title track: 17
Ownership: 13
Coaching: 34
Players: 37
Fan relations: 24
Affordability: 26
Stadium Experience 40
Bang for the Buck 6

Here's how you get the season off to a good start: offer free hot dogs and soda to every fan who shows up to watch the first day of training camp. Then when practice is over, have the head coach field questions from the audience. That's how the Ducks engendered some positivity on the first day after the frustrating lockout. And once the season began, the Ducks performed well, winning the Pacific Division before a disappointing first-round exit from the playoffs. All of which contributed to the Ducks' coming agonizingly close to winning the "Stanley Cup of franchise rankings," only to be narrowly edged out by the Penguins. Considering Pittsburgh boasts arguably the two best players in the league, that's an impressive feat.

The Ducks -- No. 1 among hockey teams in the bang for the buck category -- are always thinking about entertaining their fans. When Teemu Selanne recently announced he was returning for a 21st season, the Ducks didn't simply send out a press release and go through the standard protocol. Rather, they posted a YouTube video of him struggling on the golf course, then deciding that he wasn't quite ready to hang up the skates. We're waiting to find out what refreshments will be offered to fans who show up to watch him participate in his final training camp.


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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