19. Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler cut his teeth with the Vancouver Canucks, where he was one of the best defensive forwards, winning a Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2010-11.  Kesler was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks after the 2013-14 Season, where he has remained a premier defensive forward.

In his first three years in Anaheim, Kesler was 10th, 3rd, and 2ndin Selke Voting with the latter two years seeing Kesler score at least 50 Points.  Kesler’s value was hard to calculate in terms of his offense, but his complete game was always sound.  He was also notably named to the All-Star Team in 2017.

Hip issues caught up with him as he sat out one year (2019-20) and was forced to retire.  Kesler retired with 180 Points in 346 Games as a Duck.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Traded from the Vancouver Canucks with Vancouver’s 2015 3rd Round Pick (which would be Deven Sideroff) for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, and Anaheim’s 2014 1st Round Pick (which would be Jared McCann) and 3rd Round Pick (which would be traded to the New York Rangers and would be Keegan Iverson) 6/27/14.
  • Departed: Retired after the 2018-19 Season.
  • Games Played: 346
  • Notable Statistics:

    76 Goals
    104 Assists 
    180 Points 
    326 PIM 
    0.52 PPG 
    -15 Plus/Minus 
    17.3 Point Shares 
    27 Points in 44 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2017)

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