ANAHEIM CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Devante Smith-Pelly #77 of the Anaheim Ducks is pursued by Andrew Ebbett #26 of the Phoenix Coyotes in the third period at Honda Center on September 21 2010 in Anaheim California. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Anaheim announced today that it has re-assigned 12 players from its Training Camp roster:
Assigned to Syracuse (AHL)
Nick Bonino – Center
Rob Bordson – Left wing
Mat Clark – Defenseman
Nicolas Deschamps – Left wing
Joe DiPenta – Defenseman
Brandon McMillan – Left wing/center
Mark Mitera – Defenseman
Kyle Palmieri – Right wing
Assigned to Junior Team
Emerson Etem – Right wing (Medicine Hat/WHL)
Peter Holland – Center (Guelph/OHL)
Devante Smith-Pelly – Right wing (Mississauga/OHL)
Scott Valentine – Defenseman (Oshawa/OHL)
Of the Junior re-assignments, Etem and Smith-Pelly are June '92 births, who will not be eligible to leave the CHL for the AHL for another two seasons. Valentine and Holland are both 19 year-olds returning for their last year in the OHL, though Valentine returns as a 6th rounder who looked impressive but still wasn't signed after camp.
Of the AHL re-assignments, DiPenta will play under his one-way AHL contract after failing to earn a contract with Anaheim. Meanwhile, Palmieri, McMillan, Deschamps, and Bordson all look to get their first taste at pro hockey with the Crunch, while defensemen Mark Mitera and Matt Clark embark on their first full AHL season. Perhaps the only player on the list that comes as a surprise is Nick Bonino, who played nine games with the Ducks last season, potting his first goal and assist. Many suspected he might get a longer look before heading to Syracuse, but his level of play and the move of Bobby Ryan to center probably made that unrealistic; the Ducks are already carrying five NHL-experienced centers on the roster in Koivu, Getzlaf, Carter, Chipchura and Marchant.
Anaheim now has 21 forwards, 11 defensemen and five goaltenders remaining on its roster.