Friday, May 07, 2010

Brittain inks entry-level deal with Ducks

Anaheim Ducks Press Release

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have signed left wing Josh Brittain to a three-year entry-level contract.

Per club policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed.

Brittain, 20, split his fourth Ontario Hockey League season with Barrie and Plymouth in 2009-10, collecting 15-17-32 points with 130 penalty minutes in 68 games. Brittain also appeared in nine OHL playoff games with Plymouth, scoring a goal with five PIMs.

Brittain, who was a member of the OHL All-Stars at the 2009 Canada-Russia Subway Super Series in Windsor, Ont., began the season with Barrie before being acquired by Plymouth on Oct. 23.

The 6-foot-5, 217-pound winger had a season-high four-game point streak (1-3-4) from Nov. 12-20 and set season highs in points on Oct. 10 vs. Erie (1-2-3) and goals on Dec. 29 at Sarnia (2).

Originally selected by Anaheim in the third round (71st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Brittain played for both Kingston and Barrie in 2008-09, setting career highs in goals (32) and points (52). He recorded a pair of hat tricks in 2008-09, including Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa and Feb. 12 vs. Owen Sound, tying a career high.

Brittain spent his first two OHL seasons with Kingston, finishing fourth in team scoring (28-23-51) in 2007-08 and third in goal scoring in 2006-07 (5-12-17).

A native of Milton, Ont., Brittain has appeared in 258 career OHL games, registering 80-72-152 points with 370 PIMs.

Prior to being drafted by Anaheim, he won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Championships in Russia with fellow Ducks prospects Brandon McMillan and Nicolas Deschamps.

Photo courtesy Aaron Bell/OHL Images

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