Bruce Boudreau joined the Anaheim Ducks abruptly last season, accepting their coaching job only days after he was fired by the Washington Capitals.
Boudreau arrived well aware of the skill possessed by Ducks standouts Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Jonas Hiller. Over the course of the season, the coach learned more about what's ahead as prospects including Devante Smith-Pelly (seven goals, 13 points in 49 games) began to establish themselves at the NHL level.
Over the course of the 2012-13 season and the years to follow, Anaheim is set to unveil many more young players who will figure prominently in the franchise's future. Kyle Palmieri already has had a couple tours of NHL duty, Peter Holland cracked the lineup briefly last season, and Emerson Etem is knocking on the door of his debut.