Check out this nice feature in today’s Calgary Herald catching up with Logan MacMillan. The forward, who was recently traded to the Flames, thanked the Ducks organization for sending him home following his DUI arrest in January:
“Anaheim did me a favour,” MacMillan, 21, said on Monday at the Flames’ prospect development camp at Pengrowth Saddledome.
got a lot of things sorted out and taken care of. I’m back on the
right track. I just took some time off. Kind of gave my head a rest. I
went back and spent time with family and friends. They were always
there for me. They helped out big time.”
Thanks to that help, MacMillan says he’s ready to launch another push for NHL employment.
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 prospect Logan MacMillan has been sent home following a DUI arrest in Bakersfield, where is currently on injured reserve for the ECHL-affiliate Condors.
MacMillan, 20, was arrested by Bakersfield Police around 2 a.m. Monday morning in the 3600 block of California Avenue and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and and driving without a license.
“He has gone home for personal reasons,” David McNab, vice president of hockey operations for the Ducks, said on Thursday. “That’s our comment.”
Rookie forward Matt McCue has been re-assigned by the Ducks from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose to ECHL affiliate Bakersfield. McCue, whom the Ducks signed out of the Western Hockey League in Dec. 2008, had one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 10 games in Manitoba, where he had limited playing time.
He’ll get more of an opportunity in Bakersfield, typically more of a run-and-gun team that could use an enforcer — which is what the 6-foot-5, 218-pounder projects to in the NHL.
“He’s going to go to Bakersfield and get that chance to play regularly and learn his trade,” Moose head coach Scott Arniel told the Winnipeg Sun. “And part of his trade is learning to fight. It’s part of the element that he has to continue to get stronger at.”
Meanwhile, the Condors transfered forward Logan MacMillan to 21-day injured reserve today. The former first-round draft pick reported back spasms and was placed on 7-day IR prior to Saturday, when he missed his first game of the ECHL season. MacMillan had two goals and six points in 30 games with Bakersfield.