The long-time Anaheim Ducks right-winger announced via YouTube that he will be returning to play in his 21st NHL season. (WATCH YouTube announcement HERE)
The 43-year-old native of Finland posted 12 goals and 12 assists (24 points) in 46 games for the Ducks last season. His 0.52 points per game in the shortened season marked his second worst statistical season of his 20-year career. His lowest was in 2003-04 (0.41 PPG) in his lone season in Colorado.
Although “The Finnish Flash” had a down year, he posted 66 points just two years ago and was over a point-per-game player in 2010-11 (80 points in 73 games). He is a savvy vet that knows all the ins-and-outs of the NHL. Even at 43 he should continue to produce on a solid Ducks team, making him an intriguing fantasy option.
“I’ve been able to enjoy this game so much,” said Selanne. “It’s going to end somewhere. I decided this will be my last season for everyone.”
This will be Selanne’s 14th season with Anaheim but also played four seasons in Winnipeg, three in San Jose and one in Colorado. He currently sits 15th on the NHL’s All-Time scoring list with 1430 points in 1387 games. Teemu’s 675 goals is good for 11th All-Time, just six behind Jaromir Jagr and 15 behind Mario Lemieux.
It’s hard not to love Teemu but he is not the player he used to be, however a 25-goal season is certainly not out of the question. He could have some great mid-to-late round value on draft day.