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Ryan Kesler | Center

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 202
Contract: view contract details

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Ryan Kesler scored a goal in Anaheim's 5-3 victory over Calgary on Tuesday.
Kesler also had a minus-one rating though, dropping him to minus-11 this season. He's had a rough campaign with just two goals and eight points in 22 contests. Nov 25 - 10:24 AM

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Ryan Kesler assisted on the lone Anaheim goal Friday.

Kesler is off to a terrible start as the center has one goal and six points in 17 games. While his point total is definitely weak at best, his minus-11 rating which is 678th best in the NHL, is horrible. Kesler has been a poor fantasy player this season and while he should bounce back somewhat, his stats this season have really hurt his fantasy owners.
Nov 14 - 4:46 AM

Ryan Kesler scored his first goal of the season on Monday night.

Finally getting off of the schneid, Ryan Kesler potted his first goal of the season in the Ducks 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Kesler also recorded an assist on Chris Stewart's first period power-play goal. Kesler now has one goal and four assists in fifteen games.
Nov 10 - 3:37 AM

Ryan Kesler registered an assist in a 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday.

It was just Kesler's third point in 12 games this season. He also finished with a negative plus/minus rating for the fourth straight game, lowering him to minus-eight overall. Nevertheless, we expect him to improve as the campaign drags on.
Nov 5 - 10:24 AM

Ryan Kesler says the Ducks will look to Monday's game against Chicago as a fresh start to their season.

"As a group, we look at it as a new season tonight," said Kesler. "It’s no secret we got off to a horrendous start, probably the worst start in the history for this organization. We turn the page today. Our goal is to win this game and score lots of goals. If we have to win a game 1-0, we’ll win it 1-0. The Ducks are 1-5-1 this season and it looks like they're trying to find a spark any way they can.
Oct 26 - 6:37 PM

Ryan Kesler had an assist in a 5-1 loss to Nashville on Thursday.

It was Kesler's first point of the 2015-16 campaign. While he's off to a sluggish start, he should put that behind him en route to recording 40-50 points this season.
Oct 23 - 10:08 AM

Ryan Kesler missed Tuesday's practice for maintenance reasons.

This is just an FYI as Kesler is still expected to play on Thursday. Skipping a single practice isn't a major red flag for a veteran, but it does become a concern if they miss two in a row.
Oct 21 - 8:21 AM

The Ducks Ryan Kesler does not like the new NHL rules regarding faceoffs.

The rule used to be that the visiting player had to put his stick down first during a faceoff but NHL GMs changed it so that the defensive player (with the red line being neutral) had to put his stick down first. "It’s going to take a little bit to get used to," Kesler said. "You kind of get into a routine when you have the home ice for four or five games. You get into a routine of going down second and getting that rhythm. It might take you a game on the road to get back to used to going down first. It’s just going to be a learning curve for everyone. I don’t know if it’s going to create more offense or not. We’ll see." Kesler won 56 percent of his draws last season. It should be interesting to see how this affects him.
Oct 11 - 6:26 AM

Ryan Kesler has been named an alternate captain.

Kesler previously wore the 'A' with the Vancouver Canucks. He's only entering his second season with Anaheim, but given that he's signed through 2021-22, it's not surprising to see the Ducks hand him a leadership role.
Oct 8 - 2:50 PM

Ryan Kesler is determined to play beyond the six-year, $41.25 million contract he signed on Wednesday.

Keep in mind that Kesler still has one season of his previous deal left, so he's locked up for the next seven campaigns. He'll turn 31 years old on August 31. "Right now, I'm fully confident that I can play out this contract and get another one after," Kesler said. We don't have trouble believing that he'll be able to extend his playing career beyond this contract, but there's a good chance that Kesler will be a significantly worse player by that point.
Jul 16 - 9:55 AM

Ryan Kesler has inked a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

That works out to be a $6.875 million annual cap hit. Additionally, Kesler still has one season left on his six-year, $30 million deal, so his newly signed contract won't begin until the 2016-17 campaign. Keep in mind that Kesler will turn 31 years old on August 31, so new deal will take him well past his prime. That's our main issue with this extension because in the short-term, an argument can be made that he's worth that cap hit given solid two-way play and his ability to step up in the playoffs. It wouldn't be surprising though to see the Ducks regretting this contract in just a few years.
Jul 15 - 12:15 PM

Ryan Kesler lit the lamp for the Ducks, but it wasn’t enough as they were eliminated 5-3 in Game 7 of the Western Conference final by the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Brought over to fortify the Ducks’ center depth, Kesler did not disappoint. However, he couldn't help them get over the hump in the playoffs. While playing some tough minutes, he recorded 20 goals and 47 points in the regular season, while putting up seven goals and 13 points in the playoffs. Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey scored the other goals for Anaheim.
May 30 - 11:05 PM

Ryan Kesler notched a goal and an assist in Anaheim's Game 5 victory over Chicago on Monday night.

He earned sixth goal of the playoffs on a deflection in the first period and he picked up an assist on Matt Beleskey's game winner in overtime. Kesler has recorded 12 points in 14 contests this postseason.
May 26 - 9:45 AM

Ryan Kesler scored his fifth goal of the playoffs on Saturday.

Kesler's goal started a flurry of Anaheim action as the Ducks scored three times in 37 seconds in the third period. Kesler has played great defense as well as he has stymied Chicago's top center Jonathan Toews at almost every opportunity. Kesler has 10 points in the post-season, making him a fine acquisition in fantasy pools.
May 24 - 7:24 AM

Interesting fact heading into Game 4 of the 2015 Western Conference Final: no player has more than one goal so far.

With all the firepower on hand, you'd think that someone would have found the net at least twice, but that's not the case. In fact, the leading point-getter so far is Ryan Getzlaf, who has four assists but zero tallies. To be fair, both teams were likely quite tired in Game 3, so perhaps we'll see more zip on Saturday.
May 23 - 6:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Mike Santorelli
5Nate Thompson
LW1Patrick Maroon
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Carl Hagelin
4Shawn Horcoff
5Jiri Sekac
6Nick Ritchie
RW1Corey Perry
2Chris Stewart
3Andrew Cogliano
D1Sami Vatanen
2Cam Fowler
3Hampus Lindholm
4Kevin Bieksa
5Simon Despres
6Clayton Stoner
7Korbinian Holzer
8Josh Manson
9Shea Theodore
G1Frederik Andersen
2Anton Khudobin
3John Gibson