Anaheim Ducks Sign A Trio Of Players To PTO's

The Anaheim Ducks are one of the most talented young teams in the NHL, and adding to that talent pool is only going to create competition and make everyone in the franchise better, which is potentially why today the team announced the signing of 3 AHL names to PTO's. While none of them have been blowing away the competition at the AHL level, they will provide valuable depth for the organization and could potentially break into this team one day soon.

Firstly, there's Nik Brouillard, who is 27-years of age, and posted 13 goals and 39 points over 66 games for the San Diego Gulls in 2021, and with his speed and skill, there's a chance he could find himself in the bottom-6 at some point over the next year. Then there's Brent Gates Jr. who was also with San Diego in 2021, posting 12 goals and 23 points through 45 games, and even with his size, he's struggle to find a place in any forward group he's been so far. Lastly is Josh Healey, who played with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL, posting 1 goal and 8 points, but played solid defence as a 28-year old veteran.

Ultimately, it's highly unlikely that any of these names are going to contribute at a high level, but PTO's are famous for being very low risk and high reward, so if they can blend in and find some chemistry with the young Ducks, they could be in with a chance at playing at the NHL next season.

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