The Ducks announced today they have recalled defenseman Brett Festerling from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender David LeNeveu to Iowa.
Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who flew back to his hometown of Montreal for family reasons, is joining the team for its game in Carolina. However, he is not likely to start in that game.
Festerling, 22 (3/3/86), has appeared in five games with the Ducks this season, going scoreless with an even plus/minus rating and four penalty minutes (PIM). Festerling made his NHL debut on Nov. 16 vs. the Los Angeles Kings, registering 17:42 time on ice (TOI). With Iowa, the 6-1, 214-pound blue-liner has earned 0-6=6 points with a +2 rating and 14 PIM in 15 games.
Signed as a free agent on Sept. 14, 2005, Festerling spent his first professional season with Portland (AHL) in 2007-08, collecting 3-11=14 points with 64 PIM in 74 games. In the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs, he helped the Pirates to an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, scoring 1-3=4 points in 15 games.
LeNeveu, 25 (5/23/83), did not appear in a game with Anaheim during his most recent recall. With the Chops, LeNeveu has posted a 6-6-0 record with a 2.85 goals-against average (GAA) and .887 save percentage (SV%) in 12 games this season.
Signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 7, 2008, LeNeveu compiled a 17-10-5 record with a 2.33 GAA and .916 SV% in 34 games with San Antonio and Hartford of the AHL last season. The netminder ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .921 SV% in 2005-06.