The Ducks have signed defenseman Alex Grant to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Grant, 24 (1/20/89), appeared in 46 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2012-13. The 6-3, 200-pound blueliner earned 4-16=20 points with 73 penalty minutes (PIM), while pacing team defensemen in points-per-game (.43). He helped lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, collecting 2-2=4 points with 27 PIM in 13 games. Grant was acquired by Anaheim from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Harry Zolnierczyk on June 24, 2013.
Selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Grant has scored 17-45=62 points with a +8 rating and 174 PIM in 125 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He ranked third among AHL rookies and tied for fourth among league defensemen in power-play points (7-20=27) in 2011-12, while setting career highs in goals (10), assists (27), points (37) and appearances (61).
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