By Daniel Bishop
In looking back at the year for Kevin Bieksa, he was a solid two-way defensemen who’s first year in Anaheim was rocky at best. With the fans not being sold on him, Bieksa had a few injuries throughout the season which didn’t help him get his feet set solid underneath him on a new squad for the first time in his career.
Recently after being acquired from Vancouver, Anaheim resigned Kevin for two more years at 4 million per season. He was acquired to fill the hole left by fan favorite Francois Beauchemin, who took a nice payday from Colorado.
His season numbers were not terrible, being relied on as a big minute eater, a locker room leader and paired with offensive defensemen Cam Fowler most of the year. He scored 4 goals and 11 assists in 71 games with a minus 7 rating. These are not terrible numbers, but they are a bit lower than he had in Vancouver in the 2013-14 season. He also had 99 penalty minutes with the Ducks this past season as he is not scared to drop the gloves for his teammates.
Obviously he was brought over due to Ryan Kesler‘s seal of approval and didn’t really deserve the backlash some of the fans gave him. I, for one was very excited for him to come over. I’ve had my eye on him for a few years.
With the expansion draft coming up and Bieksa having a no movement clause in his contract means he has to be used as one of the Ducks frozen skaters, unless he wavies the clause. Bob Murray will have to take a look at his value to the team this upcoming season and determine whether he will be shopped around or held onto by the Ducks for the remainder of his contract. Murray was reported as working to have Bieksa waive his no movement clause for purposes of the upcoming expansion draft. It will be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next season with Bieksa.
To conclude this look back on Kevin Bieksa, I would like to thank you for reading and also to stay positive about all of our Ducks.
Here’s to a positive 2016-17! LET’S GO DUCKS!
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