Anaheim Ducks Assign 20 Players to Lower-Level Leagues in Preparation of Lockout


In what is no doubt a move in anticipation of the impending lockout (which goes into effect after 11:59 PM on September 15th if no deal can be reached before then), the Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have assigned 20 of their players to various lower-level leagues.

From the announcement, here are the 20 players, and the league and team each will be assigned to:

Assigned to Norfolk (American Hockey League)
Frederik Andersen – Goaltender
Igor Bobkov – Goaltender
Josh Brittain – Left Wing
Mat Clark – Defenseman
Marco Cousineau - Goaltender
Corey Elkins – Center
Emerson Etem – Right Wing
Peter Holland – Center
Matt Kennedy – Right Wing
Ryan Lasch – Right Wing
Brandon McMillan – Left Wing
John Mitchell – Left Wing
Kyle Palmieri – Right Wing
Devante Smith-Pelly – Right Wing
Sami Vatanen – Defenseman
Chris Wagner – Center

Assigned to junior team
John Gibson – Goaltender (Kitchener/OHL)
Rickard Rakell – Right wing (Plymouth/OHL)

Assigned to Sweden
Max Friberg – Left Wing (Timra/Swedish Elite League)
Tim Heed – Defenseman (Vaxjo/Swedish Elite League)

 

To be fair, most of these guys would not be making the big club’s roster even if there was a full season starting on time, but none the less this move ensures that the youngsters are able to play elsewhere in the event of a lockout.

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