Ducks Acquire Center Perreault From Washington In Exchange for Winger Mitchell and a Fourth-Round Draft Pick

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Ducks Acquire Center Perreault From Washington In Exchange for Winger Mitchell and a Fourth-Round Draft Pick
The Ducks have acquired center Mathieu Perreault from the Washington Capitals in exchange for left wing John Mitchell and a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The Ducks have acquired center Mathieu Perreault from the Washington Capitals in exchange for left wing John Mitchell and a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

"It was a little bit of a shock, but I'm very excited to get a chance to come to this organization," Perreault said. "Things were good in Washington, but I feel like this will be a good fit for me. Bruce knows me from before, and I'm very excited."

Perreault, 25 (1/5/88), has appeared in 159 career NHL games with Washington, scoring 33-37=70 points with a +17 rating and 70 penalty minutes (PIM). He has also played 11 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Capitals, posting 1-3=4 points. Perreault has won over half of his faceoff attempts in each of his first two full NHL seasons, going a combined 397-for-776 (51.2) since 2011-12.

"Adding a young, quality center to the mix makes us that much deeper," said Ducks executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. "I thought we needed some additional speed and scoring, and he is a feisty competitor. Having played under Bruce was also a factor in acquiring him, that's another positive. He makes us a better team today."

Selected by Washington in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Perreault made his NHL debut in 2009-10 under current Anaheim Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. He set several career highs in 2011-12, including goals (16), assists (14), points (30), plus/minus (+9) and games played (64). Perreault appeared in 39 games with the Capitals last season, earning 6-11=17 points with a +7 rating and 20 PIM. He played in all seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal games against the New York Rangers, co-leading the team in scoring (1-3=4), assists and plus/minus (+3).

A native of Drummondville, Quebec, Perreault played three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with Acadie-Bathurst from 2005-08. He won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2007-08 (34-80=114 in 65 games) and earned the Michel Briere Trophy as the league’s MVP in 2006-07 after scoring 41-78=119 points in 67 games

Mitchell, 27 (7/10/86), collected 10-4=14 points with 48 PIM in 61 games with Norfolk of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, setting a career high in goals. Signed as a free agent on May 3, 2012, Mitchell has appeared in 171 career AHL games, scoring 27-24=51 points with 135 PIM. He also played four Calder Cup Playoff games in 2012, scoring one goal (1-0=1) with Syracuse.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
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12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
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J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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