The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled left wing Matt Beleskey from the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Beleskey, 22 (6/7/88), has appeared in 13 contests with Anaheim this season, collecting 0-2=2 points with four penalty minutes (PIM). Starting the season on Anaheim’s opening roster, Beleskey missed six contests from Oct. 29-Nov. 9 after suffering a concussion in the Ducks’ Oct. 26 contest at Dallas. The Windsor, Ontario native was originally assigned to Syracuse on Nov. 10 and has appeared in 14 AHL contests this season, scoring 6-6=12 points with 22 PIM. Beleskey notched four multiple-point games with the Crunch, including 1-1=2 points with a +2 rating in his most recent AHL contest on Dec. 19 vs. Connecticut.
Selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Beleskey appeared in 60 contests for Anaheim in his rookie NHL season in 2009-10, scoring 11-7=18 points with 35 PIM. He ranked tied for 10th among league rookies in goals and tied for third in game-winning goals (3). He also appeared in two NHL contests during the 2008-09 season, making his NHL debut on Jan. 9 vs. Tampa Bay. In 75 career NHL contests, Beleskey has earned 11-9=20 points with 39 PIM. He has also appeared in 87 career AHL contests, collecting 19-35=54 points with 101 PIM.