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Ducks Recall McMillan and Palmieri, Reassign Bonino to Syracuse

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have recalled right wing Kyle Palmieri and center Brandon McMillan from the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The club has also reassigned center Nick Bonino to Syracuse.

Palmieri, 20 (2/1/91), scored 17-9=26 points with a +15 rating and 19 PIM in 18 games for Syracuse this season. Palmieri currently leads the AHL in goals, ranks fourth in scoring, co-leads in game-winning goals (4), and ranks second in plus/minus. Among team leaders, he ranks first in points, goals and plus/minus, and tied for second in power play goals (3). Palmieri earned 5-3=8 points in his final three AHL games from Dec. 3-7, including a four-point effort (3-1=4) and his second hat trick of the season on Dec. 7 at St. John’s.

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (26th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Palmieri made his NHL debut with the Ducks last season. He appeared in 10 games with Anaheim, scoring his first career goal in his debut on Nov. 3, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay. At 19 years, nine months and two days, Palmieri was then the fifth-youngest player in club history to appear in a game. The 5-11, 196-pound winger also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17 at Nashville.

McMillan, 21 (3/22/90), has appeared in 23 contests with Anaheim this season, collecting three assists (0-3=3) with 14 PIM. The 5-10, 190-pound winger was assigned to Syracuse on Nov. 28 and played five AHL games prior to his recall, recording 3-0=3 points with a +1 rating and four PIM.
Selected by Anaheim in the third round (85th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, McMillan has scored 11-13=24 points with 32 PIM in 83 career regular season NHL contests. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 21, 2010 vs. Edmonton and scored his first career goal in his third NHL game on Nov. 27, 2010, a 6-4 Anaheim win at Phoenix. McMillan ranked tied for third among NHL rookies in short-handed goals (2) during the 2010-11 season.

Bonino, 23 (4/20/88), has appeared in two games with Anaheim this season, going scoreless. He was recalled from Syracuse on Dec. 6. Bonino has scored 5-15=20 points with a +2 rating in 17 games with the Crunch this season. The 6-0, 192-pound center collected an AHL career-best four assists in a 6-2 victory on Oct. 15 vs. Adirondack.

Selected by San Jose in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bonino was acquired by Anaheim with Timo Pielmeier in exchange for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen on Mar. 4, 2009. He has appeared in 37 career NHL games with the Ducks, scoring 1-1=2 points with 10 PIM. In addition, the Hartford, CT native has scored 17-48=65 points with a +12 rating in 67 career AHL games.
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