Nov 19, 2022
The Anaheim Ducks announced today the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned defenseman Drew Helleson to the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Helleson, 20 (3/26/01), has recorded 1-1=2 points with 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 13 AHL games with San Diego this season. The 6-3, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 30 career AHL contests, earning 1-3=4 points and 20 PIM. He also registered two assists (0-2=2) in two Calder Cup Playoff games last season.
Acquired by Anaheim from Colorado with a 2023 second-round selection in the NHL Draft for Josh Manson, Helleson represented Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, recording one assist in three tournament contests. Helleson collected 9-37=46 points with a +26 rating in 82 career NCAA games with Boston College from 2019-22, leading team blueliners in scoring in 2021-22 (4-21=25) and 2020-21 (4-11=15). He was named to the NCAA Second All-American Team, a Hockey East First Team All-Star and the Best Defensive Defenseman in 2020-21.
A native of Farmington, Minn., Helleson helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2021 World Junior Championship, scoring 2-2=4 points with a +9 rating in seven tournament games to lead all defensemen in goals. He also helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2018 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and bronze at the 2019 U-18 World Championship.