By Michael Walters
When you think of the Anaheim Ducks, players like Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler come to mind. The Ducks are full of other talented players and contributors as well. Tim Jackman is one of those contributors for the Ducks on the fourth line.
Jackman isn’t known for being an offensive threat usually recording less than 10 points a season, but he is known for being a hard checker, fighter, and player that will stand up for his teammates. Last season Jackman led the Ducks squad with 10 fights during the regular season and was in the top ten in the NHL last year. He also scored five goals, which is the second highest total he has scored in a season since 2010-11 when he played for the Calgary Flames. He had two assists and was also -4.
This past season the Ducks announced a one year contract extension for Jackman. He will be paid $700,000 for the 2015-16 season and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Next year Jackman will play on the fourth line as expected, but the question is how many games will he play. He played in 55 games last year, but that number could lessen this coming year with the additions of Shawn Horcoff and Brian McGrattan who should spend a majority of their playing time on the fourth line. Chris Wagner could see time at the wing on the fourth line. Nate Thompson will also return after a few months into the season so we can expect to see many different line mates on the fourth line throughout the 2015-16 season.
Overall I would give Jackman an A- for his performance last season. He isn’t going to pose a serious offensive threat when he hits the ice, but he will give it his all when he plays each game. He has a great deal of heart, determination, and grit he brings to his game. Jackman knows his role on the team and embraces it.
“He wants to play, understands his role, and it doesn’t deter from his practices, doesn’t deter from cheering on his teammates. There’s no sulking in his world,” Boudreau said. “He’ll go to bat for any one of his teammates at any time.”
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