On Friday we reported that the Anaheim Ducks had assigned twenty players to lower-level leagues in anticipation of today’s start of the lockout. On Saturday night, the Ducks slipped in two more player assignments, sending defensemen Hampus Lindolm and Jordan Hendry to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
This is a good move for Lindholm in particular, the Ducks’ first round, number six overall pick in this year’s draft. Lindholm will have time to adjust to the North American brand of hockey that he does not have experience with as of yet, having played primarily for the Swedish Elite League.
Curtis Zupke, the NHL.com correspondent for both the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, pointed out on Twitter that Lindholm is still under contract with his Swedish team (Rögle BK), but Zupke states he’s eligible to play in the AHL despite this.
This will be a return to the Admirals for Hendry, who played for them during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons (he would later play for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks).
Jer is ready to root on the Norfolk Admirals during this NHL Lockout. Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.