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Ducks Recall Brent, Melin; Assign Shannon

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled center Tim Brent and right wing Bjorn Melin from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim's development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). At the same time, the club has assigned center Ryan Shannon to Portland.

Brent, 22 (3/10/84), has collected 7-9=16 points with 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 25 games with Portland this season. The Cambridge, Ontario native scored 15-9=24 points in 37 games with Portland last season, setting career highs in goals and points.

Brent was drafted by Anaheim in the second round (37th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The 25-year-old (7/4/81) 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.

Shannon, 23 (3/2/83), has played 38 games with Anaheim this season, earning 2-7=9 points with six PIM. The 5-9, 173-pound forward appeared in his first professional season in 2005-2006, earning 27-59=86 points in 71 games with Portland.

A native of Darien, Connecticut, Shannon was signed by Anaheim as a free agent on Nov. 28, 2005.

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