Bickel, Sharp reassigned.

Center MacGregor Sharp and defenseman Stu Bickel have been reassigned from the Ducks’ ECHL affiliate in Bakersfield to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.


It will be the first taste of AHL hockey this season for both players. Sharp began the season in Bakersfield before earning an eight-game cup of coffee in Anaheim following the injuries to Kyle Calder and Ryan Carter. Sharp was sent down last week, when the Ducks acquired Kyle Chipchura from Ottawa to center the fourth line, and did not score during his first NHL stint. In 15 games with Bakersfield, the 24-year-old center had four goals and 14 points.

Bickel, 23, had one goal and 12 points, as well as 44 penalty minutes, in 22 games for the Condors. A free-agent signee out of the University of Minnesota, Bickel played 21 games last season for the Iowa Chops, logging one assist.

The Rampage are the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Ducklings migrating from San Antonio

Some of the Ducks’ top prospects are flying north this winter.


Denied ice time by the Phoenix Coyotes’ prospects playing in San Antonio — the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate — Matt Beleskey, Troy Bodie and Brett Festerling have been re-assigned to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Additionally, Ryan Donally will be assigned to ECHL affiliate Bakersfield.

The Coyotes under new head coach Dave Tippett have gone with an older lineup, and several former young NHLers (Kyle Turris, Viktor Tikhonov, Mikkel Boedker, et. al.) have spent most or all of the season in San Antonio.

The Toronto Marlies are the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Beleskey up, Carter to IR.

The Ducks recalled Matt Beleskey from AHL San Antonio today after placing forward Ryan Carter (foot) on injured reserve. Beleskey practiced at Honda Center with teammates this morning, skating at left wing with Petteri Nokelainen at center and Todd Marchant at right wing.

Carter’s foot was struck by a puck Wednesday and he did not practice Friday. Head coach Randy Carlyle said that an MRI revealed a bone bruise, but no break.

Beleskey appeared in two games with the Ducks last season, going scoreless while averaging 11:09 time on ice. In eight games for San Antonio this season, he had one goal, three points and 15 penalty minutes.

“We don’t bring a player in without saying we’re going to play him. We’re going to pay him,” Carlyle said of Beleskey. ”We expect the transition to be less than what he experienced last time around, for sure.”

A former fourth-round draft pick (2006), Beleskey made his NHL debut with the Ducks on Jan. 9 against Tampa Bay, recording a plus-1 rating in just under 14 minutes of ice time. He spent the rest of the season with AHL Iowa, earning 11 goals and 35 points, with 58 penalty minutes, in 58 games.

“I’ve had a lot of time to learn the system,” Beleskey said. ”I’m starting to get used to it.”

The the 21-year-old he skated with both Marchant and Nokelainen in preseason games this year. Beleskey described his game as that of a “hard-nosed, hard-working forward who’s going to bang, and if I have to, go into the corners and muck it up.”