Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson was picked up off waivers by the Calgary Flames today. Mikkelson was going to be sent to Syracuse of the AHL, but did not clear waivers.
The Ducks reported that Mikkelson had fallen a bit on the depth charts after the play of rookie Cam Fowler and with other defensemen up and coming in the wings.
As the Ducks only have six healthy defensemen (Andy Sutton is still out with a broken thumb), the team recalled Danny Syvret from Syracuse. Syvret will join the Ducks in Columbus to start their four-game road trip that will also include Philadelphia, Detroit and Dallas before returning to Anaheim next week.
During this road trip, the Ducks will also have to make a decision about Fowler. Fowler has played six games and has three more before a decision must be made about whether or not to return him to his junior team. With a goal and two assists and adding a much needed spark to the defense, it seems unlikely that Fowler will be returned. However, nothing is ever certain until it happens.