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Ducks Acquire Defenseman Oystrick, Pick for Artyukhin

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have acquired defenseman Nathan Oystrick and a conditional selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for right wing Evgeny Artyukhin.

Oystrick, 27 (12/17/82), has played the entire 2009-10 season with the Chicago Wolves, Atlanta’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In 41 games with the Wolves, Oystrick has earned 7-16=23 points with a +6 rating and 74 penalty minutes (PIM). Among Chicago defensemen, Oystrick ranks first in scoring, second in goals, and tied for first in assists. The 6-0, 205-pound defenseman also leads the team in PIM.

Oystrick, who is out of action right now with a broken jaw, will likely remain in Chicago with the Wolves, opening up a roster spot for the Ducks to recall another forward.

Originally selected by Atlanta in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Oystrick made his NHL debut with the Thrashers in 2008-09. In 53 games with Atlanta, Oystrick collected 4-8=12 points with 50 PIM. He appeared in his first NHL contest on Oct. 14 vs. Minnesota, earned his first NHL point (assist) on Nov. 25 at Toronto and scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 26 at Washington.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Oystrick has appeared in four AHL seasons with Chicago, collecting 37-76=113 points with a +31 rating and 291 PIM in 203 career games. He has also added 3-14=17 points in 39 AHL Playoff games, helping lead the Wolves to the 2008 Calder Cup.

Artyukhin, 26 (4/4/83), collected 4-5=9 points with 41 PIM in 37 games for the Ducks this season. Artyukhin twice posted career-tying two-game goal streaks with Anaheim, including Jan. 17-19 (2-1=3) and Oct. 6-8 (2-0=2). Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (94th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Artyukhin has played three NHL seasons with the Lightning (2005-06 and 2008-09) and Ducks (2009-10). In 182 career NHL games, Artyukhin has collected 14-28=42 points with 282 PIM.

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