CP's report card look at every player in the Stanley Cup final

The Canadian Press
Jun 6, 2007
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CP's report card look at every player in the Stanley Cup final

The Canadian Press
Jun 6, 2007

Anaheim Ducks


Andy McDonald, A: Ducks leading goal-scorer came up big in first Stanley Cup final.

Samuel Pahlsson, A: Helped shut down Ottawa's Big Three and scored the winning goal in Game 2.

Ryan Getzlaf, A: This guy has superstar written all over him. Arguably the top Duck.

Rob Niedermayer, A-minus: Played important minutes. One of the best defensive forwards on the team.

Corey Perry, B-plus: Another key member of the Anaheim youth line, Perry played with a surprising amount of edge in this Stanley Cup.

Travis Moen, B-plus: Checking line winger broke tie late in Game 1 with winning goal and added two goals in the decisive Game 5.

Teemu Selanne, B: The Finnish Flash set up key winning goal in Game 4. He's finally reached the pinnacle of the sport.

Dustin Penner, B: Big Bulldog's only goal in the series put Anaheim up 3-1 in the series.

Todd Marchant, C: Veteran centre was one of the players coach Randy Carlyle could count on for a good shift when the big guns needed a rest.

Brad May, C: Some described the six minutes 20 seconds he played in Game 1 as the best of his career. He was especially tenacious on the forecheck.

Shawn Thornton, C-minus: Part of good fourth-line effort in opening game with May and Marchant.

Drew Miller, C-minus: Helped fill gap on top line in first two games before being scratched for the rest of the series.

Joe Motzko, no rating: Didn't play enough to make any impact.

Ryan Carter, no rating: Same as Motzko.

Chris Kunitz, no rating: played only parts of two games.


Scott Niedermayer, A: A fourth Stanley Cup ring for this veteran greybeard. Anaheim's most consistent blue-line performer.

Francois Beauchemin, B: Played big minutes for this championship team. Showed signs of fatigue at times.

Chris Pronger, B: Had as much impact in four games as most guys did in five. Still, he was fortunate suspension didn't hurt Ducks more.

Sean O'Donnell, B-minus: Solid and reliable.

Kent Huskins, C: Unheralded 28-year-old rookie held his own.

Ric Jackman, C-minus: Dressed for first four games of the final but didn't play very much.

Joe DiPenta, C-minus: Got into the lineup when Pronger was suspended for Game 4 and didn't make any big gaffes.


J.S. Giguere, B: Didn't have to be as good as 2003 final, but was still the difference in these close games. Proved he's at his best when it counts most.


Ottawa Senators


Mike Fisher, A: If other Sens had played as well as he did, the Cup would be coming back to Ottawa.

Daniel Alfredsson, B-plus: Had flashes of brilliance in the final. Intentionally shooting puck at Scott Niedermayer in Game 4 is most memorable, which is not good. But give the classy captain credit for his gutsy two-goal performance in Game 5.

Dean McAmmond, B: A consistent third-line effort before being knocked out of series in Game 3 by Pronger elbow.

Antoine Vermette, B: Gritty effort throughout the final, a top penalty killer.

Chris Neil, B-minus: Played particularly well in the games at Scotiabank Place. A source of energy for the Senators.

Oleg Saprykin, C-plus: Sat a game and was used sparingly when dressed, but still managed to stand out, especially in Game 5.

Christoph Schubert, C: Threw some nice hits. Did what was asked of him.

Patrick Eaves, C: Nice play setting up Heatley goal in Game 4 but played sparingly.

Chris Kelly, C-minus: After a three-goal flourish in the first round against Pittsburgh not much to write home about.

Dany Heatley, D: It's going to be a long summer after scoring just one goal in the final.

Mike Comrie, D-minus: Second-liner went 17 games games without a goal to finish the playoffs.

Peter Schaefer, D-minus: Not very noticeable for a second-line player.

Jason Spezza, F: Has anyone seen Jason Spezza?


Chris Phillips, A-minus: Logged big minutes on top pairing and made very few mistakes. You have to feel bad for him after the freak own-goal off Ray Emery in Game 5.

Anton Volchenkov, B: A few of his defensive lapses led directly to goals, but he made up for it by blocking shots and scoring a goal in Game 3 win.

Tom Preissing, C: Made the most of his limited minutes.

Joe Corvo, C-minus: He heard footsteps from Anaheim's physical forecheck.

Andrej Meszaros, C-minus: Wasn't much of a factor at either end of the ice.

Wade Redden, D-minus: Canadian Olympian caught out of position on Ducks winning goal in Game 4 - the game that ultimately cost Ottawa the series. Overall he struggled all playoff long.


Ray Emery, D: Was solid in the two losses in Game 1 and 2 but then his play slipped big-time. He was shaky in Game 4 and Game 5.

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CP's report card look at every player in the Stanley Cup final