The Ducks announced on Monday that they recalled center Nick Bonino
from the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bonino, 22 (4/20/88), appeared in eight games for Syracuse this season, collecting 2-7=9 points with 10 penalty minutes (PIM). At the time of his recall, Bonino led all AHL rookies in assists and ranked tied for second in scoring. He recorded points in his last six games with the Crunch (2-7=9), helping his team to a 4-1-1 record from Oct. 16-30. The Hartford, CT native tallied multiple-point games in his last three AHL contests, including a season-high two goals in a 3-2 victory over Albany on Oct. 30.
Acquired by Anaheim with goaltender Timo Pielmeier in exchange for left wing Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins on Mar. 4, 2009, Bonino made his NHL debut with Anaheim last season. He appeared in nine games with the Ducks, collecting 1-1=2 points with six PIM. Bonino made his NHL debut on Mar. 26, 2010 at Edmonton and scored his first career NHL goal against Kari Lehtonen on Mar. 29, 2010 vs. Dallas.
Selected by San Jose in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bonino played three seasons with Boston University (BU) from 2007-10, scoring 45-72=117 points with 52 PIM. In 2009-10, he led the Terriers in scoring (11-27=38), assists, plus/minus (+18) and shots while also finishing tied for 10th in scoring among Hockey East players. The 6-1, 186-pound center won the NCAA Championship in 2008-09, helping BU capture the Frozen Four tournament by scoring the game-tying goal with 18 seconds remaining to force overtime on Apr. 11, 2009 vs. Miami (Ohio).