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Ducks Trade Nic Kerdiles for Chase De Leo

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The Ducks made a minor move this afternoon with the swap of Southern California natives.

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The Ducks made a deal this afternoon to trade Irvine native and RFA Nic Kerdiles (24 years old, 2012 2nd Round Pick) to Winnipeg for La Mirada native and RFA Chase De Leo (22 years old, 2014 4th round pick).

On the surface this seems like an AHLer for AHLer trade. De Leo has only played in 2 NHL games, including his NHL debut against the Ducks, and posted no points in those games. But in the AHL he played in 211 regular season games for the Manitoba Moose over three seasons and posted 45 goals and 62 assists for 107 points. In the most recent AHL playoff run for the Moose, he played in 9 games and had 2 goals and 6 assists.

Kerdiles meanwhile never seemed fully able to solidify a spot on the Ducks roster mainly due to injury. His career thus far has been riddled with IR stints limiting him to only 175 professional games over the course of 4 full seasons. On top of these injuries, he never was able to fully take hold of an NHL roster spot when given his chance. He played in 1 NHL regular season game in the 16-17 season, 4 playoff games in the 2017 playoffs, and then 2 NHL games this past season.

For those curious about the type of player De Leo is, here is the Hockey’s Future talent analysis of him from when he was drafted:

“De Leo played goalie in minor hockey before becoming a forward. A premiere junior forward due in part to elite skating ability, he is a confident puck-carrier who is not hesitant to shoot the puck. He has a nose for the net and is not afraid of heavy traffic. While concerns about his size likely caused him to slide a bit in the draft, he has been extremely productive skating for a junior hockey powerhouse team”