The Ducks have added another tough guy to their roster by signing winger Brian McGrattan to a one year contract. This is McGrattan’s 4th NHL team. He was drafted 104th in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the LA Kings.
Brian McGrattan has played for Ottawa, Phoenix and Calgary collecting 3 goals, 11 assists for 14 points with 395 penalty minutes (PIM) in 180 games. He also has 35 goals, and 27 assists with 1,206 PIM in 256 career AHL games. During the 2004-2005 AHL season he established an all-time league record for penalty minutes in a single season (551).
6-4, 235 pound winger is obviously an enforcer. He will make sure none of the Ducks young talent is messed with, and so Ryan does not have to go stomping again. This should make for an interesting season with so many enforcers on the team. Don’t be surprised if we see McGrattan splitting the season between the Ducks and the Syracuse Crunch.
Murray’s intentions are clear, he wants a tougher offense to protect the goal scorers. First the signing of Jacques, now he has added McGrattan. Clearly Murray feels the Ducks will prosper with some tough guys on the ice.
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