The Ducks have reassigned defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Mikkelson, 22 (6/22/87) recorded 0-2=2 points with 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 25 contests for Anaheim this season. The 6-3, 205-pound blueliner was originally recalled from Toronto on Oct. 11 and again on Feb. 25 and Mar. 23. In 56 career NHL games, Mikkelson has scored 0-4=4 points with 25 PIM. In 48 games this season with the Marlies, the Regina, Saskatchewan native has earned 7-15=22 points with 43 PIM. Among team defensemen, Mikkelson currently ranks first in goals, tied for first in points and second in assists.
Selected by Anaheim in the second round (31st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Mikkelson made his NHL debut on Jan. 2, 2009 vs. Philadelphia and earned his first career NHL point with an assist in a 4-3 victory on Jan. 31, 2009 at Colorado. Mikkelson began the 2008-09 regular season with Anaheim’s then-AHL affiliate in Iowa, earning 2-8=10 points and 18 PIM in 31 games. In 145 career AHL games, Mikkelson has earned 15-33=48 points with 111 PIM. In 2008, hehelped the Portland Pirates to an AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearance, earning 2-6=8 points in 14 Calder Cup Playoff games.