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Ducks Acquire Perrault and Third-Round Pick from Vancouver

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Joel Perrault and a third-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from Vancouver in exchange for centers Maxim Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp.

Perrault, 27 (4/6/83), has played for Phoenix (2005-10), St. Louis (2006-07) and Vancouver (2010-11). In 96 career NHL games, Perrault has earned 12-14=26 points with 68 PIM. His best season came with Phoenix in 2007-08 when he set career highs in goals, assists and points with 7-10=17 points in 49 games.

Originally selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Perrault appeared in seven games with Vancouver this season, going scoreless. Perrault has spent the majority of the season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Manitoba, scoring 3-15=18 points with a +3 rating and 33 penalty minutes (PIM) in 26 games. He collected a season-high 1-2=3 points on Dec. 17 vs. Houston and posted a season-best four-game scoring streak from Dec. 28-Jan. 3 (0-4=4).

Perrault will remain in Manitoba. He is currently recovering from an ankle sprain and is approximately 10 days away from returning.

Lapierre, 25 (3/29/85), appeared in 21 games for the Ducks this season, recording 0-3=3 points with nine PIM. Acquired from Montreal in exchange for Brett Festerling and a fifth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Dec. 31, 2010, Lapierre scored in 5-6=11 points with 72 PIM in 59 games overall with the Ducks and Canadiens in 2010-11. Selected by Montreal in the second round (61st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Lapierre has appeared in 314 career NHL contests, scoring 40-43=83 points with 293 PIM.

Sharp, 25 (10/1/85), scored 6-7=13 points with 26 PIM in 50 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the AHL. Sharp made his NHL debut with Anaheim in 2009-10, going scoreless in eight games. He has appeared in 96 career AHL games with Syracuse (2010-11), San Antonio (2009-10) and Iowa (2008-09), registering 16-17=33 points with 46 PIM. Sharp signed as a free agent with Anaheim on Mar. 31, 2009.
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