The Ducks have reassigned goaltender Ray Emery to the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). At the same time, the club has recalled goaltender J.P. Levasseur from the Crunch.
Emery is scheduled to play for the Crunch tonight and Monday (day game) and then return to the Ducks. Syracuse is at San Antonio tonight and at Texas on Monday.
Emery, 28 (9/28/82), who signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on Feb. 7, did not appear in a game for Anaheim following his recall from Syracuse on Feb. 23. He has appeared in three contests with the Crunch this season, compiling a 2-1-0 record with a 2.62 goals-against average (GAA) and .925 save percentage (SV%). In his most recent start on Feb. 22 vs. Charlotte, Emery stopped 34-of-37 shots in regulation and overtime, while also denying three-of-four shootout attempts in a 4-3 win. In addition, the 6-2, 196-pound netminder allowed just one goal (37 saves) in a 7-1 Crunch victory on Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. Rochester.
A native of Cayuga, Ontario, Emery appeared in 29 contests with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10, posting a 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 GAA and .905 SV%. He had a five-game winning streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 2009, compiling a 1.38 GAA (7 GA/305 MIN) and .954 SV% (145-of-152) during that span. Selected by Ottawa in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Emery has appeared in 163 career NHL games with the Senators and Flyers, posting a 87-51-15 record with a 2.70 GAA and .907 SV%. He appeared in five NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2003-08 and had a career year in 2006-07, when he posted a 33-16-6 record with a 2.47 GAA and .918 SV% in 58 regular season games. Emery played an instrumental role in the club’s 2007 postseason run, helping the Senators advance to the Stanley Cup Final vs. Anaheim with a 13-7 record and 2.26 GAA in 20 contests.
Levasseur, 24 (1/15/87), posted a 2.97 GAA, .912 SV%, a career-high four shutouts and an 8-20-3 record in 36 games for Syracuse this season. In his first season with the Crunch, Levasseur earned shutouts on Nov. 12 at Albany (23 saves, 3-0 win), Dec. 19 vs. Connecticut (32 saves in a 5-0 win), Jan. 14 at Hamilton (46 saves in 1-0 shootout loss), and Feb. 4 at Adirondack (31 saves in a 5-0 win). Selected by Anaheim in the seventh round (197th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Levasseur has played four AHL seasons with Portland (2007-08), Iowa (2008-09), Springfield (2009-10) and Syracuse (2010-11). He has gone 33-59-9 with six shutouts, a 3.12 GAA and .899 SV% in 112 career AHL appearances.