The Ducks announced on Wednesday that they have assigned defenseman Nick Boynton to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) and recalled left wing Matt Beleskey from the Bakersfield Condors, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL.
Beleskey, 21 (6/7/88), has appeared in 34 games for the Ducks this season, collecting 5-4=9 points with 19 penalty minutes (PIM). Originally recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Oct. 23 and later recalled from Toronto (AHL) on Nov. 29, Beleskey finished the month of January tied for second among NHL rookies in goals (5-1=6). He has also appeared in 15 AHL games with Toronto and San Antonio this season, collecting 2-5=7 points with a +5 rating and 21 PIM.
Selected in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Beleskey played two games with the Ducks last season, going scoreless while averaging 11:09 TOI. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 9, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay, recording a +1 rating in 13:53 TOI. Beleskey spent the rest of the season with Iowa (AHL), earning 11-24=35 points with 58 PIM in 58 games. Among team leaders, Beleskey ranked fifth in scoring, tied for third in assists and tied for second in power play goals (6).
Boynton, 31 (1/14/79), appeared in 42 games for the Ducks this season, scoring 1-6=7 points with a +1 rating and 59 PIM. Signed as a free agent on July 9, 2009, Boynton ranked fifth on the team in PIM and blocked shots (54), and eighth in takeaways (12). He recorded a career-high four-game assist streak (0-4=4) from Nov. 13-19, which also matched a career best point streak.
A native of Nobelton, Ontario, Boynton has played 10 NHL seasons with Boston (2000-06), Phoenix (2006-08), Florida (2008-09) and Anaheim (2009-10). In 547 career NHL games with the Bruins, Coyotes, Panthers and Ducks, Boynton has collected 33-102=135 points with a +16 rating and 810 PIM.