The Anaheim Ducks are off to a rough start to their 2016-17 NHL season, going 1-3-1 to kick off the year.
Now, they’re mixing up their lineup a bit, as a result.
The team confirmed on Saturday afternoon that they had recalled three players from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, bringing up Michael Sgarbossa, Joseph Cramarossa, and Shea Theodore from the minor league affiliate to the big club. In return, they sent a trio of players – Mason Raymond, Nick Sorensen, and Jacob Larsson – down to San Diego to replace the recalled group.
Shea Theodore is the highest-profile name of the three recalls. The first round pick for Anaheim spent his 2015-16 campaign split between the NHL and the AHL, recording three goals and eight points in 19 regular season games for the Ducks to go with 37 points in 50 regular season games for San Diego. This year, the former Seattle Thunderbirds blue liner boasts two assists in two AHL games.
The other two being recalled are both forwards, and will likely slot into the bottom six to replace Raymond (who boasts zero points in four games for Anaheim) and Sorensen (who has one point in five games). Sgarbossa has one goal in two AHL games this year, and will look to improve upon his current career points totals in the NHL (he has one assist in 10 games). Cramarossa is scoreless on the year.
The Ducks will next play tomorrow evening, when they host the Vancouver Canucks at home in Anaheim.