The Anaheim Ducks lost backup netminder Jonathan Bernier to an injury on Tuesday evening, leaving them with just starter John Gibson heading into their next two games this week.
As a result, they’ve recalled netminder Dustin Tokarski from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.
Tokarski was initially a fifth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008, coming off a successful season as starter of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs.
He ultimately ended up getting dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in 2013, though, in a direct swap for fellow goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. It was with the Canadiens that he saw his highest-profile games played to date, skating out in relief of starter Carey Price during the 2014 postseason following his injury against the New York Rangers.
Since then, though, Tokarski has struggled to solidify himself as a consistent NHL-caliber netminder, first with Montreal and now with Anaheim.
This season, the netminder has remained exclusively at the AHL level, skating out for the San Diego Gulls in two games and recording a .885 save percentage. He splits the net with Matt Hackett, who boasts a .926 save percentage in his lone appearance for San Diego this year.
Given that Hackett has stronger numbers than Tokarski through limited appearances so far this year, the fact that the former Canadiens netminder has gotten the recall over his tandem partner suggests that the Ducks plan to play Gibson in any games until Bernier is able to return.