Logan MacMillan dealt to Calgary.

If Logan MacMillan’s future in the Ducks’ organization was not doomed by his lack of offensive production, his injury history, or his DUI arrest in January, it was doomed Wednesday when the former first-round draft pick was traded to the Calgary Flames for minor-leaguer Jason Jaffray.

The 19th overall pick in 2007, MacMillan never lived up to his lofty expectations in Anaheim. Some of it was hardly MacMillan’s fault.

After the 20-goal 2006-07 campaign for the Halifax Moosheads that got him drafted, MacMillan was beset by injuries and could not improve on his goals or assists totals over his final two seasons in the QMJHL. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract in 2009 but was bothered by back spasms early in the 2009-10 season with ECHL affiliate Bakersfield.

When healthy, MacMillan was a responsible defensive forward and penalty-kill specialist in Bakersfield. But he never displayed the scorer’s touch that one would expect from a first-round draft pick. MacMillan scored two goals in 30 games for the Condors before he was sent home following his arrest. He resurfaced late in the season to play seven scoreless games for the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, the Flames’ top minor-league affiliate.

MacMillan had two years left on his entry-level contract at just more than $1 million per season.

Jaffray, 29, is a minor-league journeyman. In eight pro seasons, the left wing has played in 36 NHL games, 372 AHL games and 141 ECHL games. He has four goals at the NHL level, the first coming in his debut game as a Vancouver Canuck on Dec. 12, 2007 against the Ducks’ Jean-Sebastien Giguere. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the next season.

Either the Ducks or Flames could also receive a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft in the trade.

Ducks, Levasseur reach one-year extension.

The Ducks have signed goaltender Jean-Phillippe Levasseur to a one-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old was as affected as anyone by the Ducks’ lack of an American Hockey League affiliate last season. The 6-foot, 199-pound goalie appeared in 16 games for Laredo of the Central Hockey League (10-3-3, 2.31 GAA, .919 SV%), five for Bakersfield of the ECHL (2-3-0, 3.63, .903) and 25 for Springfield of the AHL (8-16-1, 3.59 GAA, .896).

Levasseur was a seventh-round draft pick by the Ducks in 2005.

Bobkov drafted by OHL’s London Knights.

Goaltender Igor Bobkov, a third-round pick by the Ducks at the 2009 Entry Draft, was chosen in the second round of the Canadian Hockey League import draft Tuesday.

Bobkov, 19, was a member of Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy in 2009-2010, posting a 2.71 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in 14 games. He was also a member of the Russian under-20 team at the 2010 Junior Hockey Championships. In six games with Team Russia, he posted a 2.45 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage, including a standout performance against the WHL all-star team.

No word yet if this means Bobkov is officially making the jump to North America, but he has a junior team waiting for him if he can. Current Duck Corey Perry is a London Knights alum.

Waiver-wire wanderings.

Tuesday was a deadline of sorts for NHL teams to part amicably with players who are under contract beyond Thursday, the beginning of the free-agent period.

Several players were placed on waivers, including the Ducks’ Nathan Oystrick. He was joined on the waiver wire by former Ducks forward Petteri Nokelainen (now in Phoenix), former Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo (Ottawa), along with D Jim Vandermeer (Phoenix), RW Ales Kotalik (Calgary) and D Ville Koistinen (Florida).

If they go unclaimed, they could be bought out of their
contracts and become unrestricted free agents Thursday, when the
free-agency period opens at 9 a.m.

Oystrick, acquired at midseason from the Atlanta Thrashers in the Evgeny Artyukhin deal, was the lone Duck placed on waivers. The 27-year-old appeared in three games for the Ducks in April, going scoreless, and 43 with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

Ferguson named Syracuse’s assistant GM.

Bob Ferguson has been named the assistant general manager of the Syracuse Crunch, the Ducks’ new American Hockey League affiliate.

The 55-year-old Ferguson was the assistant GM of the Iowa Chops in 2008-09, before the franchise folded, and spent last season as an amateur and college scout for the Ducks.

Prior to joining the Ducks, Ferguson spent nine years as a head coach in the professional ranks with the Indianapolis Ice of the then-International Hockey League (IHL), as well as the Florida Everblades and Augusta Lynx of the ECHL.

He is a three-time USA Hockey National Champion (Gold Cup), a five-time USHL Coach of the Year, a five-time USHL General Manager of the Year and two-time ECHL Coach of the Year. Before reaching the IHL, Ferguson coached in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for 17 seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers and Des Moines Buccaneers.

Ryan, Wisniewski, Mikkelson receive qualifying offers.

Soon-to-be restricted free agents Bobby Ryan, James Wisniewski and Brendan Mikkelson have received qualifying offers from the Ducks, while minor-league forwards Shawn Weller and Bobby Bolt have not. Neither has goaltender Jean-Phillippe Levasseur, with whom the Ducks are negotiating a long-term contract.

The deadline to for teams to extend qualifying offers is 2 p.m. (Pacific) today.

Ryan is almost certain to command an offer sheet July 1 if he has not already re-signed with the Ducks. General manager Bob Murray has attempted to re-sign Ryan with a five-year contract offer in the $20-25 million range, but the sides have yet to reach an agreement despite the fact that talks began early last season. The 23-year-old forward scored a career-high 35 goals in 2009-10, his second full NHL season.

In a season shortened to 69 games by injuries and suspensions, Wisniewski finished with three goals and 30 points. The hard-hitting defenseman nearly went to arbitration with the Ducks last year before signing a 1-year contract worth $2.75 million.

Mikkelson, who turned 23 last week, has split the last two seasons between the NHL and AHL, collecting four assists in 62 games with the Ducks.

If a qualified player receives an offer sheet from another team, the current team then has the right to match the offer sheet or will receive a combination of draft picks in return (see below, courtesy of TSN):

Below $863,156 No Compensation
$863,156-$1,307,812 Third-round pick
$1,307,812-$2,615,625 Second-round pick
$2,615,625-$3,923,437 First- and third-round picks
$3,923,437-$5,231,249 First-, second and third-round picks
$5,231,249-$6,539,062 Two first-rounders, a second-round
pick and a third-round pick.
$6,539,062 or more Four first-round picks

The scene in Syracuse.

The Anaheim connection here is flimsy, but bear with me and you’ll be rewarded with a photo to share with your friends.

On Saturday, Barry Melrose, the Syracuse Crunch mascot (“Al the Ice Gorilla”), someone dressed like a donut and someone else dressed like a cup of coffee appeared at a grand opening of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Lansing, NY. Perhaps the coffee and the donut were actually Cam Fowler and Emerson Etem, I’m not really sure …

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Ducks Day 2 draft notes.

10:16 a.m.: With their second-round pick, the Ducks take right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, a right wing from Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL). He is listed at 5-11, 211 pounds.

Smith-Pelly had 29 goals and 62 points in 60 games last season. He was ranked 67th among North American Skaters by Central Scouting in the midterm rankings, and 76th in the final rankings.

For Smith-Pelly, hearing his name called 42nd overall wasn’t necessarily a surprise.

“I wasn’t really sure exactly where I was going to go,” he said. “I came in not expecting to go anywhere, really, just soaking it all in. Then to hear my name called was exciting.”

The 18-year-old compared his game to that of Dustin Brown, the versatile Kings winger who can score, defend and hit with equal ease. Smith-Pelly described himself as “a guy who can excel in a top-6 forward role or a bottom-6 forward role.” This in spite of the fact that he came to the OHL from a team – the Junior Canadiens – “where defense was optional.”

Don’t be surprised if the Ducks ask him to spend some extra time in juniors to hone the defensive side of his game. For as much as Smith-Pelly would like to make the NHL club, the Memorial Cup tournament is coming to Mississauga next year, and his team will have the automatic berth given to the host squad.

12:15 p.m.: The Ducks have acquired the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick (122nd overall) for right wing Mike Brown, and used it to select Christopher Wagner, a right wing for the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Wagner had 34 goals and 83 points in 44 games last season for South Shore.

Anaheim then used its own fifth-round pick (132nd overall) to select Tim Heed, a defenseman from Sweden. Heed was the 30th-ranked European skater by Central Scouting. The 19-year-old had eight goals and 37 points in 32 games last year for Sodertalje of the of the Swedish Elite League.

Neither player is here at Staples Center, but I did ask Brian Burke about Brown. Even though he didn’t trade for Brown – that was one of Bob Murray’s first deals as Ducks GM – he was on the Maple Leafs’ radar. “We’re very pleased,” Burke said.

The 25-year-old Brown set career highs in 2009-10 with 75 games played, six goals, seven points and 106 penalty minutes.

12:45 p.m.: The Ducks have chosen Swedish center Andreas Dahlstrom with the first of their two sixth-round picks, 161st overall. The scouting report, according to Eliteprospects.com

A very shifty player. Dahlstrm has impressive hands and technical
skills and is very creative. Can do the unexpected with the puck at all
times. Hockey sense is good and passing game is impressive. Skating
could maybe use some improvement as well as his finishing ability.
Injuries have also slowed down his development, but he has the potential
to become a high scoring player.

1:05 p.m.: Kevin Lind (Chicago, USHL) becomes the newest Duck with the 177th pick of the draft. Anaheim has one pick left, a seventh-rounder.

Lind fell from the 32nd to 139th on Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters. HockeysFuture.com ranked him as the 10th-best draft prospect in the entire USHL in January. According to the Ducks’ director of amateur scouting, Martin Madden, Lind was hurt by playing on a poor team and pushing back his college entry by a year (he’ll attend Notre Dame after playing next season in the USHL).

1:18 p.m.: The Ducks used their last pick of the draft (192nd overall) on Brett Perlini, a sophomore fowrard from Michigan State. The 20-year-old had seven goals and 12 points in 20 games last season. His father, Fred Perlini, played eight NHL games as a center for the Toronto Maple Leafs.