After making his NHL debut in the final home game of the season this past Sunday against Edmonton, defenseman Mat Clark has been reassigned to Syracuse. Presumably to assist the Crunch effort’s in the playoff push. Also, regarding the Syracuse Crunch, Kyle Palmieri was named to the 2011-2012 AHL First All-Star Team. He was among the league leaders in goals this season.
On Tuesday, the Ducks announced the signing of center Chris Wagner to three-year entry-level deal. Wagner, age 20, is a student-athelete at Colgate, of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) who just finished his sophomore season. He finished this season with 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points, which made him the nation’s highest scoring underclassman. He recorded the most points in a single season for Colgate since former Duck Andy McDonald. Wagner was a 5th round draft pick of the Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Finally, there was an update of sorts in the “Justin Schultz Watch.” The Ducks GM Bob Murray commented on the situation earlier today:
“We have been in communication with Justin and his family. Justin has decided to finish the current school year before making a decision regarding his future. If and when he decides to turn professional, we will make every attempt to sign him and bring him to Anaheim. ”
“Justin is a bright kid, and his education has always been important to him and his family. We fully support him 100 percent.”
I guess we can take that as not bad news, but it’s still pretty clear he has got plenty of options to take. According to Eric Stephens of The OC Register, the Ducks have sent representatives to talk with Schultz, and reportedly Scott Niedermayer was among them, that report coming from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times. So we’ll have to wait a while still for a decision from Schultz but until then, enjoy these last two games of 2011-2012.
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