Ducks Sign Center Elkins to One-Year Contract
Elkins, 27 (2/23/85), made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings in 2009-10, scoring one goal (1-0=1) in three games. Elkins appeared in his first career NHL game on Dec. 15, 2009 at Edmonton and scored his first NHL goal (Miikka Kiprusoff) on Dec. 17, 2009 at Calgary. The 6-2, 214-pound center played last season in the Czech Republic with Pardubice HC, scoring 6-7=13 points with a +8 rating and 24 penalty minutes (PIM) in 26 games.
Signed by Los Angeles as a free agent on Mar. 31, 2009, Elkins appeared in 76 games for Manchester (AHL) in 2010-11, collecting 18-26=44 points with a +2 rating. Among team leaders, Elkins ranked seventh in scoring, fifth in power play goals (5), tied for fifth in goals and sixth in assists. Setting career highs in assists, points and appearances during the regular season, Elkins also added 2-3=5 points with two PIM in seven Calder Cup Playoff games.
A native of West Bloomfield, MI, Elkins played four collegiate seasons with Ohio State University (CCHA) from 2005-09, earning 27-33=60 points with 40 PIM in 102 career games. In his senior year in 2008-09, Elkins led Ohio State in scoring (18-23=41) and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after becoming the first Buckeye to score 40 points in a single season since 2004-05.