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Ducks Recall LW Ritchie, C Sgarbossa from San Diego (AHL)

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have recalled left wing Nick Ritchie and center Michael Sgarbossa from the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned left wing Max Friberg and defenseman Korbinian Holzer to San Diego.

Ritchie, 19 (12/5/95), scored 9-3=12 points with a +3 rating and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in 12 games with the Gulls. Ritchie ranked tied for third among AHL leaders in goals and second among league rookies in points and goals. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (10th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Ritchie also led the league in first goals (5) and co-led in power-play goals (5). The 6-2, 232-pound winger has yet to make his NHL debut.

Sgarbossa, 23 (7/25/92), recorded 2-6=8 points with a +4 rating and 16 PIM in 12 games with San Diego. Sgarbossa co-led the Gulls in plus/minus, ranked third in assists and fifth in scoring. 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.

Friberg, 22 (11/20/92), went scoreless with two PIM in five games with the Ducks this season. Recalled from San Diego on Nov. 3, 2015, Friberg collected 3-2=5 points with a +2 rating in seven games with the Gulls. The 5-11, 200-pound winger ranked tied for third among San Diego leaders in scoring and plus/minus, tied for second in goals and first in shorthanded goals (1) at the time of his recall to Anaheim. Friberg was selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Holzer, 27 (2/16/88), earned his first point as a Duck (assist) in a 4-2 victory over Nashville on Nov. 1 at Honda Center. The 6-3, 215-pound defenseman appeared in seven games with Anaheim following his Oct. 17 recall from San Diego, collecting one assist with an even plus/minus rating and two PIM. Acquired from Toronto in exchange for Eric Brewer and a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft on Mar. 2, 2015, Holzer was scoreless in two games with the Gulls this season.

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