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Ducks Acquire Blacker and two 2014 Draft Picks from Toronto in Exchange for Holland and Staubitz

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have acquired defenseman Jesse Blacker and third-round and seventh-round selections in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from Toronto in exchange for center Peter Holland and right wing Brad Staubitz. The third-round pick becomes a second-round selection should certain conditions be met. The 2014 seventh-round pick returns to Anaheim after originally being sent to Toronto with right wing Ryan Lasch in exchange for center David Steckel.

Blacker, 22 (4/19/91), has scored 6-23=29 points with a +5 rating and 110 penalty minutes (PIM) in 130 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Toronto Marlies. The 6-2, 190-pound defenseman has also appeared in 10 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Marlies the last two years, earning 0-2=2 points with four PIM. Blacker has played five games with the Marlies this season, scoring one goal (1-0=1) with a +1 rating and four PIM. Blacker has been assigned to Norfolk, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the AHL.

Selected by Toronto in the second round (58th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Blacker played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with Windsor (2007-09) and Owen Sound (2009-11). In 203 career OHL games, he collected 20-92=112 points with a +44 rating and 217 PIM. Blacker also appeared in 47 career OHL Playoff games, collecting 5-16=21 points with a +21 rating and 34 PIM. He helped Windsor to a Memorial Cup win in 2009 with 0-4=4 points in 20 playoff games and Owen Sound to the 2011 OHL Championship and a Memorial Cup appearance with 5-11=16 points in 22 games.

Holland, 22 (1/14/91), appeared in four contests with Anaheim this season, scoring one goal (1-0=1) with two PIM. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (15th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Holland also collected 5-4=9 points with a +4 rating and 22 PIM in 10 contests for Norfolk (AHL) this season. He has appeared in 29 career NHL games with the Ducks, registering 5-2=7 points with a +3 rating and eight PIM.

Staubitz, 29 (7/28/94), went scoreless with 10 PIM in six games for Norfolk this season. He appeared in 15 games for the Ducks last season, scoring 1-1=2 points with 41 PIM. Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2012, Staubitz has collected 10-11=21 points with 521 PIM in 230 career NHL games with San Jose (2008-10), Minnesota (2010-12), Montreal (2011-12) and Anaheim (2012-13).

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