Usually one of the busier teams heading into the trade deadline, the Ducks added Riley Holzapfel from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday in exchange for another 23-year-old center, Maxime Maxenauer.
Holzapfel has yet to play in the NHL after being drafted 43rd overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006. He had eight goals and seven assists in 29 games this season for the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. He missed 18 games earlier this winter after getting struck in the face with a puck during practice and suffering a fractured orbital bone.
He played for Canada at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, helping his team win gold with a 3-2 victory against Sweden.
Macenauer, 23, won a roster spot out of training camp with the Ducks and scored four points in 29 games. He was solid in the faceoff circle and at killing penalties, but his lack of offense and the team's horrendous start made him expendable when the Ducks traded for Rod Pelley of the New Jersey Devils in mid-December. Macenauer, a former third-round draft pick of the Ducks, was returned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on Dec. 17, producing six points in 13 games.
Pelley, meanwhile, may be running out of time to show he can produce. The 27-year-old scored a goal in his first game with the Ducks on Dec. 14, but has just one assist in the 25 games since.