Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Joakim Lindstrom Signs with Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks today announced they had acquired Joakim Lindstrom from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 24-year-old left wing appeared in 25 games last season with the Jackets, scoring three goals and four assists for seven points. Lindstrom also recorded 14 penalty minutes. He spent most of the season in Syracuse, the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate.

In 49 games with the Syracuse Crunch, he scored 25 goals, 25 assists for 60 points and he also recorded 68 penalty minutes. Lindstrom led the team in both points and power play goals (13) while tying the team lead in goals.

With Syracuse in the Calder Cup playoffs, Lindstrom scored four goals and three assists for seven points in 13 games.

Columbus selected Lindstrom in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He is a native of Skellefea, Sweden.

The Lindstrom acquisition looks more like a solid signing for a top scorer to place in Iowa, rather than a Ducks' regular in the roster. With Bobby Ryan expected to move up to the Ducks' second line, Lindstrom could not only replace Ryan in the AHL, but also split time between Des Moines and Anaheim this coming season.

In other Ducks news, the team announced they had signed 2007 first round draft pick Logan MacMillan to a three-year entry-level contract. Per Club Policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

The 19-year-old scored 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points in 46 games last season with Halifax in the QMJHL last season. In those 46 games, MacMillan recorded 77 penalty minutes.

Even though both signings are less than a million dollars a year hit on the cap, these small acquisitions are more nails in the coffin of the impending trade of a Ducks' player, most likely Mathieu Schneider.

With both signings, the Ducks continue to solidify a great team in Iowa. Hopefully MacMillian’s new contract is a sign he will be moving up to the AHL this season.

Original Sources: Courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks website

Image: Courtesy of the Syracuse Crunch website

Ken Armer is a Senior Ducks Writer and a Community Leader for the NHL and Anaheim Ducks. You can contact him on his profile of via e-mail at karmer@bleacherreport.com

1 comment:

MJ Kasprzak said...

You are THE MAN covering minor leaguers. I know about three of ours.