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Heatley on playing with Getzlaf, Perry: 'I fit in with the Ottawa guys, I can fit in with these two'

Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports

Dany Heatley scored two goals in two preseason games playing on the left side of the Anaheim Ducks' top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. While he's several years removed from back-to-back 50-goal seasons as a member of the Ottawa Senators, Heatley seems confident that, with those Ducks, he can replicate the kind of success he achieved with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson in Ottawa.

"I think it can work and I'm going to try my best and keep going with it," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I fit in with the Ottawa guys, and I can fit in with these two."

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau might not be prepared to make that leap, but, at the very least, he believes Heatley possesses the wherewithal to succeed alongside the offensively-gifted pair:

We're looking for smarts, that when (Heatley) gets in the other team's zone and you give him the puck, he knows what to do with it. Doesn't turn it over, makes the right play. ... You need a guy who's comfortable in his own skin. Heatley has potential. One of the best distributors of the puck in the NHL is Ryan Getzlaf. And two of the better shooters over this period of time are Dany Heatley and Corey Perry. If we've got a distributor to them, then maybe they should score some goals.

For his part, Heatley is keeping it simple in terms of his approach to his one-year deal with the club. "One thing I've learned is that if you're producing and doing your job, you're going to play - no matter the coach, no matter the team," he said. "I understand that. My job is to produce, contribute and help this team win."

Heatley's goal production has steadily decreased since those 50-goal seasons. If he's ever going to rediscover his scoring touch, there's no better time than the present.

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