The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled center Nick Bonino from the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The club has also reassigned center Brandon McMillan to Syracuse.Bonino, 23 (4/20/88), has appeared in two games with Anaheim this season, making his 2011-12 debut on Nov. 1 at Washington. Originally recalled from Syracuse on Oct. 31, Bonino scored 6-16=22 points with an even plus/minus rating in 19 games with the Crunch this season. The 6-0, 192-pound center was tied for the team lead in assists and ranked third in scoring at the time of his recall. He had points in three straight games (1-3=4) and eight of his last nine AHL contests (4-7=11).
Selected by San Jose in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bonino was acquired by Anaheim with Timo Pielmeier in exchange for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen on Mar. 4, 2009. He has appeared in 37 career NHL games with the Ducks, scoring 1-1=2 points with 10 PIM. In addition, the Hartford, CT native has scored 18-49=67 points with a +10 rating in 69 career AHL games.McMillan, 21 (3/22/90), has appeared in 25 contests with Anaheim this season, collecting four assists (0-4=4) with 20 PIM. The 5-10, 190-pound center was originally assigned to Syracuse on Nov. 28 and played five AHL games prior to his Dec. 9 recall, recording 3-0=3 points with a +1 rating and four PIM.
Selected by Anaheim in the third round (85th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, McMillan has scored 11-14=25 points with 38 PIM in 85 career regular season NHL contests. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 21, 2010 vs. Edmonton and scored his first career goal in his third NHL game on Nov. 27, 2010, a 6-4 Anaheim win at Phoenix. McMillan ranked tied for third among NHL rookies in short-handed goals (2) during the 2010-11 season.