Scouting Report: Anaheim Ducks

Get the skinny on the entire Anaheim Ducks roster as they prepare to play the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals:

Frederik Andersen, goalie, No. 31: Andersen has been a rock, piling up an 8-1 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. In the first round, he kept the Ducks close as they rallied in every game against Winnipeg Jets. Then he denied the Calgary Flames anything approaching momentum in the second round.

John Gibson, goalie, No. 36: Gibson is considered one of the top goaltending prospects in the game, and he got a taste of playoff action last spring in the second round, starting the final four games against the Los Angeles Kings. Still, Andersen would have to really go off the rails for us to see Gibson at this stage.

Francois Beauchemin, defenseman, No. 23: Interesting times for Beauchemin, who is playing top-pair minutes and has been terrific all season. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and he has been a solid fit with sophomore defender Hampus Lindholm. Beauchemin has six assists in nine games, half of those on the power play, and leads the Ducks in average ice time per night at 23:53.

Hampus Lindholm, defenseman, No. 47: A breakout spring for the big, fast and skilled Swede whom the Ducks made the sixth overall pick in 2012. He has a big shot and has points in five of nine games, with a goal and five assists, although he did not register a point in the final three games of the second round versus Calgary.

Cam Fowler, defenseman, No. 4: Another of the clutch of impressive young defensive prospects coming of age for the Ducks, Fowler has been a steady presence as part of the team’s second pairing throughout the spring. He also sees lots of power-play time and has three power-play assists this postseason.

Ryan Getzlaf, center, No. 15: The Ducks' captain and Perry’s linemate has been a force all spring. Whenever the Ducks have wanted or needed a big goal, his line has produced it. Getzlaf leads all skaters in assists this spring with 10 and is a key member of both the power-play and penalty-killing unit. Watch for him to spend a lot of time facing off against Jonathan Toews in the Western Conference finals.

Sami Vatanen, defenseman, No. 45: Vatanen has continued to put up points at an impressive pace, with two goals and five assists in nine games. There have been some hiccups, however, especially in the second round against Calgary, where he took an ill-advised delay-of-game penalty in Game 3 and stumbled, allowing another goal in Game 4.

Ryan Kesler, center, No. 17: Kesler was acquired in June 2014 for a playoff run like this. He has provided solid defensive contributions, often playing against the Jets' and Flames' best players. The lack of production from the Flames’ top unit of Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan was due in large part to Kesler’s play. He has nine points and his 63.7 percent winning percentage in faceoffs is by far the best in the league among regular centers.

Corey Perry, right wing, No. 10: The former Hart Trophy winner and Rocket Richard Trophy winner leads all players this spring with 15 points. He scored the overtime winner, the clinching goal in Game 5 against Calgary after he suffered what looked like a serious knee injury. Only Alex Ovechkin has taken more shots on goal than Perry, who has played fewer games.

Simon Despres, defenseman, No. 24: Still not exactly sure what the Pittsburgh Penguins were thinking when they swapped the 6-foot-4, 23-year-old Despres for Ben Lovejoy at the trade deadline, but the Ducks are sure pleased with the move. He has moved into the top four of the Ducks' defensive contingent, playing with Fowler.

Jakob Silfverberg, right wing, No. 33: Strong series against Calgary for Silfverberg as he brings good two-way skills to the Ducks’ important second forward unit. His 11 points has him tied for fifth among all skaters this postseason, and the youngster is also a key part of the Ducks’ penalty-killing corps.

Clayton Stoner, defenseman, No. 3: A solid presence playing alongside Vatanen, the former Minnesota Wild defenseman gives coach Bruce Boudreau the option of playing his three pairings in more or less equal time should he wish to.

Patrick Maroon, left wing, No. 19: The big man with the sure hands has found what looks to be a permanent spot on the wing with Getzlaf and Perry. He has chipped in seven points (four goals and three assists) and is a regular participant on the power play.

Andrew Cogliano, center, No. 7: A speedy presence on the Ducks’ third line and an important part of the team’s stalwart penalty-killing unit. Only Getzlaf and Kesler log more ice time on the penalty kill among forwards for the Ducks, who allowed only two power-play goals in 16 opportunities in the second round.

Matt Beleskey, left wing, No. 39: After going without a point in the first round, Beleskey is on fire with goals in all five games against Calgary, including the winner in Game 4. Quick hands and a nice complement to Kesler, Beleskey can also become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Kyle Palmieri, right wing, No. 21: Boudreau wasn’t pleased with Palmieri’s play in the middle of the second round and warned him he could be out of the lineup, but Palmieri responded with strong play in the final two games against Calgary.

Nate Thompson, center, No. 44: The former Tampa Bay Lightning returned from injury for the second round against Calgary and brings some experience and grit to the bottom-six grouping for the Ducks.

Rickard Rakell, center, No. 67: Solid fourth-line player who has appeared in all nine postseason games this spring.

Emerson Etem, right wing, No. 16: The Long Beach native was a healthy scratch the last two games of the Calgary series, illustrating the great depth the Ducks possess. Can kill penalties and has terrific speed if Boudreau decides to alter the makeup of the Anaheim lineup for the Chicago series.

Tomas Fleischmann, left wing, No. 14: Etem gave way to trade deadline acquisition Fleischmann in the final two games against Calgary. The veteran forward played for Boudreau in Washington and Boudreau likes Fleischmann's versatility, as he can play in all situations and can take draws if need be. Hard to see Fleischmann coming out of the lineup, at least to start the West finals.

Tim Jackman, right wing, No. 18: Physical presence on the fourth line has also played in all nine postseason games this spring.

Chris Wagner, right wing, No. 62: Played two games at the start of the first round but isn’t likely to see action unless the Ducks have a rash of injuries.

James Wisniewski, defenseman, No. 20: Interesting that one of the Ducks’ big trade deadline acquisitions -- Wisniewski came over from Columbus -- can’t get in the lineup. The Ducks have used the same six defenders in all nine postseason games, and barring injury, it’s unlikely that’s going to change in the conference finals.