With so many Anaheim Ducks out with injuries, including two key defenders, Anaheim has been forced to shuffle the roster almost daily. The most recent of these changes is the recall of 22-year-old center Nick Bonino from Syracuse.
Nick Bonino played in nine games with Anaheim last year tallying one goal and one assist coupled with six penalty minutes. Bonino has been praised as a solid top center in the minors when he played with Boston University, with his abilities in the face off circle reminiscent of Samuel Pahlsson, or Travis Moen.
The 6'1, 180-pound youngster has been fighting to break into the NHL; however, to make your mark and get your foot in the door with Anaheim, you really need to find a way to be noticed. Either follow the path Bobby Ryan or Dan Sexton took and score goals that force people to scrape their jaws off the ground, or find a way to make a presence physically.
So far, Bonino has done neither, but hopefully he can either step up and start finding the back of the net, or can beef up and make his way onto the shutdown line.
Last Thursday, another young forward, Matt Beleskey, was put on Anaheim's Injury Reserve, with a concussion that had him side lined for at least two games, meaning he could be back anytime now, and is most likely a game-time decision, as is rookie Cam Fowler.
Fowler has played in only six games with Anaheim this season, and has been recovering from a broken nose and stiff neck since sliding face-first into the boards during the Ducks vs. Coyotes game on October 17.
With Anaheim already stretched thin on defense, losing Fowler, and losing Sutton earlier in the year, has thrown some obstacles in front of the Ducks, and their next match up with the Tampa Bay Lightning will likely answer a lot of questions.
Considering Joffrey Lupul, and Jason Jaffray are both out of the lineup for long term, with Lupul's blood infection, and Jaffray on the mend from an ACL tear and MCL sprain, Anaheim has been giving many prospects their first taste of the big leagues for this year. Another minor league player, Josh Green, was called up after Beleskey's injury report, and has now played in his first game as an Anaheim Duck. Expect to see him back until Beleskey returns.
The last name on the injured list is another baby in the big leagues, Dan Sexton, who is out approximately two weeks with a broken nose that required surgery last Thursday.
So let's wrap this up, here is the abbreviated version of injuries:
LW Matt Beleskey is out with a concussion, it is unknown when he will return.
RW Dan Sexton is side lined for approximately two weeks after needing surgery on his broken nose.
RW Joffrey Lupul is still off the bench with the blood infection that resulted from back surgery, hopefully his condition will be updated soon.
C Jason Jaffray is on Injury Reserve with a torn ACL and sprained MCL, no report as to when he is expected to return.
D Andy Sutton is out another three to five weeks after needing surgery to fix his fractured thumb.
D Cam Fowler is day-to-day and hopefully will return to the lineup soon after breaking his nose and suffering a stiff neck.
To make up for all those who are lost to IR, here are the players Anaheim has called up:
C Josh Green from Syracuse
C Nick Bonino from Syracuse
D Brett Festerling from Syracuse