The Ducks announced today that they have recalled left wing Drew Miller and defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Miller, 24 (2/17/84), has scored 0-2=2 points with a +1 rating and seven penalty minutes (PIM) in eight games with the Ducks this season. Originally recalled from Iowa on Jan. 3, Miller collected 17-11=28 points and six PIM in 36 games with the Chops. At the time of his recall, he led the team in goals and points, and ranked tied for first in power play goals (6).
Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Miller appeared in 26 games with the Ducks last season, scoring 2-3=5 points with six PIM. He made his regular season NHL debut on Oct. 6, 2007 at Pittsburgh and scored his first career NHL goal in a 3-1 Anaheim victory on Oct. 17 vs. Nashville. Miller spent the rest of 2007-08 with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Portland, collecting 16-20=36 points with 12 PIM in 31 games. The 6-2, 185-pound winger also scored 1-7=8 points with 12 PIM in 16 Calder Cup Playoff games, helping the Pirates to an AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
Mikkelson, 21 (6/22/87), is scoreless with eight PIM in 11 games with Anaheim this season. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 2 vs. Philadelphia, recording one shot in 13:39 time on ice (TOI). Mikkelson began the regular season in Iowa, earning 1-6=7 points with 10 PIM in 23 games.
Selected in the second round (31st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Mikkelson played his first professional season with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Portland last year, collecting 6-10=16 points in 66 regular season games. The 6-3, 210-pound blue-liner helped the Pirates to a 2008 AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearance, earning 2-6=8 points in 14 Calder Cup Playoff games.