In order for the Anaheim Ducks to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a one-year absence, there are several key players who will need to have big seasons.
The production of the top line dropped off in 2011-12 and the trio of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan will be in search of bounce-back seasons.
Defenseman Cam Fowler, beginning his third NHL season and still just 20 years old, suffered something of a sophomore slump and needs to take the next step in his development.
However, the Ducks' fortunes ultimately hinge on the man between the pipes, Jonas Hiller. The 30-year-old Swiss goaltender rebounded from a season marred by health concerns to play the most games in the NHL at his position, but had an up-and-down campaign much like his team and posted a career-low .910 save percentage.