The Evgeny Artyukhin experiment is over. The Ducks have traded the hard-hitting, lightning-quick forward to the Atlanta Thrashers for minor-league defenseman Nathan Oystrick and a conditional 2011 draft pick.
Oystrick, 27, has recorded 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and a
plus-six rating in 41 games with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves this season. He has been sidelined with a broken jaw since Feb. 9 and will remain in Chicago, rather than be added to the Ducks’ NHL roster.
If Artyukhin re-signs in Atlanta, Anaheim will receive a sixth-round draft pick in 2011.
Artyukhin posted five goals and four assists in 37 games with the Ducks this season. At times, he flashed the potential that prompted general manager Bob Murray to send Drew Miller to Tampa Bay for the big (6-foot-4, 255-pound) right wing. At other times, he infuriated Ducks coaches with his lack of discipline, racking up 41 penalty minutes; his 17 minor penalties ranked fifth on the team.
The deal paves the way for right wing Dan Sexton, who was assigned to ECHL Bakersfield on Monday, to re-join the Ducks’ lineup.
Oystrick, a 6-foot, 205-pound defenseman, appeared in 53 games with the Thrashers during his rookie season in
2008-09, recording 12 points (four goals, eight assists). In 203 career AHL games, Oystrick has 114 points (37 goals, 77
assists), all with the Wolves. He has earned 17
points (three goals, 14 assists) in 39 AHL post-season contests and
helped the Wolves capture the 2008 Calder Cup.
Saskatchewan, native was selected by the Thrashers in the seventh
round, 198th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.