The Ducks have reassigned left wing Nikita Nesterenko to the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). 

Nesterenko, 22 (9/10/01), scored one goal in three appearances with the Ducks this season, his lone goal coming April 7 vs. St. Louis. In 12 career NHL contests with Anaheim, he has scored two goals (2-0=2), including his first NHL goal March 25, 2023 vs. St. Louis. 

Acquired from Minnesota with Andrej Sustr and a 2025 fourth-round selection for John Klingberg March 3, 2023, the 6-2, 194-pound forward has scored 15-18=33 points with a +8 rating and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 63 games as a rookie with San Diego this season. Among Gulls leaders, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native ranks fourth in goals while co-leading the club’s rookies in goals and plus/minus, and was second in points and assists at the time of his recall April 5.