ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned right wing Bjorn Melin to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim's development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
The 25-year-old (7/4/81) Melin was recalled from Portland on Jan. 4. He scored one goal (1-0=1) in three games with Anaheim, his goal coming in his NHL debut Jan. 7 vs. Detroit. Melin has played in 28 games with Portland this season, posting 7-7=14 points with eight PIM and a +9 rating. The 6-1, 205-pound winger played last season with HV-71 in Sweden, earning 17-19=36 points in 49 games. He helped Sweden to the gold medal at the 2006 World Hockey Championships with 0-2=2 points in six tournament games.
Melin was acquired with Ben Guite from the New York Islanders in exchange for Dave Roche on March 19, 2002. He was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.