Saturday, October 16, 2010

Anaheim Ducks Announce Roster Move

The Anaheim Ducks Media Department says Ducks defenseman Andreas Lilja has received his visa and is on the active roster. This required the Ducks to make some space on the roster, which the following press release explains:

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has assigned defenseman Luca Sbisa to the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Sbisa, 20 (1/30/90), played two games for Anaheim this season, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM). Sbisa has appeared in 49 career NHL games with Anaheim and Philadelphia, scoring 0-7=7 points with 44 PIM. He has also appeared in one NHL Playoff game, making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the Flyers in Game 2 of the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh on Apr. 17, 2009.

The 6-2, 207-pound blueliner began last season with Anaheim, going scoreless with six PIM in eight games. He made his Ducks debut on Oct. 3 vs. San Jose. He split the remainder of the season with Lethbridge and Portland of the Western Hockey League (WHL), collecting 4-14=18 points with 29 PIM in 29 games. In 13 WHL Playoff games with Portland, he added 2-2=4 points.

Sbisa represented Switzerland at both the 2010 World Junior Championship as captain and 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He appeared in five games during the Olympics (with Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller) and three at the World Juniors.

Selected by Philadelphia in the first round (19th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Sbisa was acquired with Joffrey Lupul, a first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (Kyle Palmieri), a first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Emerson Etem), and a conditional third-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from Philadelphia in exchange for Chris Pronger on June 26, 2009.

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