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Ducks Recall Gibson, Mueller from San Diego (AHL)

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have recalled goaltender John Gibson and center Chris Mueller from the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned center Michael Sgarbossa and defenseman Shane O’Brien to San Diego.

Gibson, 22 (7/14/93), has posted a 16-8-0 record with two shutouts, a 2.45 goals against average (GAA) and .919 save percentage (SV%) in 26 career NHL games with Anaheim. Gibson began the season in San Diego, going 7-4-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .917 SV% in 13 games. Among AHL goaltenders, Gibson ranked first in saves (374), tied for sixth in wins, tied for 10th in shutouts (1) and second in minutes played (774:43). The 6-3, 227-pound goaltender was selected by Anaheim in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Mueller, 29 (3/6/86), has scored 3-7=10 points with eight penalty minutes (PIM) in 53 career NHL games with Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. He played seven games for the Rangers last season, picking up 1-1=2 points. The 5-11, 206-pound center made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut with Dallas in 2014, going scoreless in four games during the First Round vs. Anaheim. Mueller scored 4-10=14 points with 22 PIM in 16 games with San Diego this season. Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2015, Mueller ranked second among Gulls leaders in scoring and assists, and tied for second in goals.

Sgarbossa, 23 (7/25/92), did not make an appearance with Anaheim following his recall from San Diego on Nov. 14. Sgarbossa began the season with the Gulls, earning 2-6=8 points with a +4 rating and 16 PIM. He returns to San Diego leading the team in plus/minus and ranked fourth in assists. The 6-0, 186-pound center was acquired from Colorado with a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for Mat Clark on Mar. 2, 2015. Sgarbossa has appeared in nine career NHL games with Colorado, earning one assist (0-1=1) with 14 PIM.

O’Brien, 32 (8/9/83), did not appear for the Ducks after his Nov. 21 recall from the Gulls. The 6-3, 230-pound defenseman has recorded 13-79=92 points with a +6 rating and 916 PIM in 537 career NHL games with Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, Calgary and Florida. O'Brien has played 14 games with San Diego this season, scoring 0-2=2 points with 35 PIM. He was signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 16, 2015.

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