In theory, the Anaheim Ducks have one of the best young core group of players in the National Hockey League. In practice, however, they’ve collectively struggled to assume the responsibilities left to them by the vacated Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, and the aging ageless wonder Teemu Selanne (who, if you’ll remember, actually led the entire team in points during the 2011-12 season, which, if you think about it, is kind of embarrassing for the rest of the group.)
Much of the blame for these hiccups has been placed, fair or not, squarely on the shoulders of the easiest target, big center Ryan Getzlaf. Anaheim’s fans and media have painted Getzlaf as a lazy player with questionable work ethic, prone to taking bad penalties, and who sometimes appears uninterested. No few amount of Anaheim fans have even questioned whether or not Getzlaf is deserving of the Anaheim captaincy.
Does this have any basis in fact?