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Ducks Acquire Stewart, Picks from Thrashers

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a 2007 second round draft pick, the rights to center Karl Stewart and a conditional draft pick from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski.

Stewart, 23 (6/30/83), spent the majority of the 2005-06 season with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL), collecting 22-18=40 points with 184 penalty minutes (PIM) in 71 games.  He also appeared in 8 NHL games with Atlanta going scoreless with 15 PIM.  The Aurora, Ontario, native spent all of the 2004-05 season and the majority of the 2003-04 season with the Wolves, recording 26-40=66 points with 412 PIM.  In addition, Stewart has played in 22 career AHL playoff games, collecting 6-5=11 points.

In 2003-04, the 5-10, 180-pound center made his NHL debut with Atlanta, recording one assist and four penalty minutes in five games.  He signed as a free agent with Atlanta on Sept. 28, 2001.

Vishnevski played 416 games with the Ducks over six seasons and recorded 11-37=48 points with 403 PIM.  He was drafted by Anaheim in the first round (5th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

The Ducks have acquired a 2007 second round draft pick, the rights to center Karl Stewart and a conditional draft pick from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski.

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