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Ducks Recall Wirtanen and King

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The  Ducks announced on Wednesday that they have recalled center Petteri Wirtanen and right wing Jason King from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Wirtanen, 21 (5/28/86), made his NHL debut on Oct. 17 against Nashville, scoring his first career goal in the third period of a 3-1 Ducks victory over the Predators.  In seven contests with the Pirates this season, Wirtanen has scored one goal (1-0=1) with six penalty minutes (PIM).

Originally selected by Anaheim in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Wirtanen made his North American professional debut in 2006-07 with Portland.  In 67 games with the Pirates, the Hyvinkaa, Finland native recorded 7-11=18 points with 40 PIM.

King, 26 (9/14/81), has appeared in two games for Anaheim this season, going scoreless.  The Corner Brook, Newfoundland native is the current goal-scoring leader for the Pirates, collecting 5-2=7 points with four PIM in six appearances. 

King was acquired from Vancouver with a third-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for center Ryan Shannon on June 23, 2007.  He spent the 2006-07 regular season with Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League, earning 15-4=19 points with 20 PIM.  The 6-0, 193-pound winger has appeared in 57 career NHL contests, collecting 12-11=23 points with eight PIM.  He was originally selected by Vancouver in the seventh round (212th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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