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Ryan Kesler | Center

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

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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

Ryan Kesler is leading the league with a 63.7 faceoff winning percentage in the playoffs.

Kesler was taking draws against Calgary and Winnipeg though, which ranked in the bottom third of the league in faceoffs during the regular season. He'll likely have a significantly tougher time winning draws against Chicago in the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks won 52% of their draws in the regular season, which was good for fifth place. In particular, Jonathan Toews was very effective with a 56.5 winning percentage.
May 12 - 9:22 AM

Ryan Kesler netted a power-play goal in Game 5 versus Calgary to stretch his point streak to four consecutive contests.

The Ducks went 2-for-4 with the man advantage in the match and own the best power play in the playoffs. Anaheim has scored nine goals on 29 opportunities for a 31 percent efficiency rating. During the regular season, the Ducks were 28th on the power play.
May 11 - 9:39 AM

Ryan Kesler thought the whistle should've been blown on Anaheim's delayed penalty after he touched the puck in Game 3.

However, the play was allowed to continue and Calgary's Mikael Backlund scored the game winner in overtime. "I thought it was going to be blown down," he said. "But, obviously, they saw it differently. I don't even know who they were calling a penalty on or when they put their hand up. It is what it is. I thought I did (touch the puck)." Kesler has been great in the playoffs so far for the Ducks, with three goals and seven points in seven games.
May 7 - 11:55 AM

Ryan Kesler had an assist in a 3-0 win against Calgary on Sunday.

Kesler has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five contests. He has three goals and six points in six playoff contests in 2015.
May 4 - 9:13 AM

Ryan Kesler scored twice to bury Winnipeg in a series clinching 5-2 win on Wednesday.

The draft day trade by the Ducks to acquire Kesler has paid off in spades as the 30 year-old was outstanding in this series. Kesler was a plus-3 and had five shots in 19:05 of ice-time and was named the first star of Game 4. Kesler totaled three goals and five points in a series where he was all over the big goals scored at big moments. Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen and Andrew Cogliano contributed the other goals. If he can stay healthy, he is one of the biggest difference makers in all of hockey.
Apr 23 - 1:34 AM

Ryan Kesler had another big game for Anaheim during their 5-4 overtime Game Three win over Winnipeg on Monday night, collecting a goal and an assist in the process.

Both of Kesler's points tied the game, and his goal was about as clutch as it gets with just 2:14 remaining in the third period. He also accumulated two hits, a block, a minor and drew two minors as well during his 20:26 of work. Kesler has a goal and three points through three games thus far.
Apr 21 - 1:07 AM

Ryan Kesler was spared by the NHL's Department of Player Safety after he received a minor for an illegal check to the head on Saturday night.

Kesler's left elbow caught Tyler Myers' right ear flush, causing Myers to cease playing. No injury was sustained on the play, and a neutral observer may be tempted to judge the play as an accidentally-on purpose type hit, but the Department of Player Safety thinks that "no supplemental discipline was warranted" after the penalty on the ice.
Apr 19 - 7:24 PM

Ryan Kesler was outstanding at the faceoff dot as he won 16-of-21 opportunities Thursday.

Kesler was a big part of the Ducks dominance in the faceoff circle as the team won 63 percent of the draws in Game 1. "You start with the puck, obviously you got a better chance of scoring, right?" Kesler said. "Obviously we’re just going to continue with that."
Apr 18 - 6:09 AM

Ryan Kesler is excited about the upcoming playoffs and seems to be fresher than in previous seasons.

The big news here is that Kesler has been playing a lot less hockey as he had been averaging 22 minutes of playing time with the Canucks but coach Bruce Boudreau has been allowing him to average only 19:30 minutes with the Ducks. "I feel good," Kesler said. "Obviously I play a little less here than I did in Van. I think that helps. One or two less minutes a night adds up over 82 games, right? I feel ready. I’m excited. It’s why we play hockey, right? It’s why we play this game, this time of year. To miss last year and to be able to be back, it’s exciting." Kesler heads into the post-season with 20 goals and 47 points and will be a fine addition to your playoff roster if you believe the regular season and think the Ducks are going deep into the playoffs.
Apr 13 - 5:05 AM

Depth Charts

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