The Ducks announced today that they have reassigned defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Mikkelson, 21 (6/22/87), scored 0-1=1 point with eight penalty minutes (PIM) in 16 games with the Ducks this season. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 2 vs. Philadelphia and earned his first career NHL point with an assist in a 4-3 victory on Jan. 31 at Colorado. 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.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Mikkelson spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with Portland (2003-06) and Vancouver (2005-07) during his junior career. In 226 career WHL games, Mikkelson scored 16-54=70 points with 204 PIM.