Rangers obtain Bickel from Ducks
Nigel Williams sent to Anaheim in a swap of AHL defenseman
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams.
Bickel, 24, has registered three assists and 14 penalty minutes in six games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He currently ranks third among team defensemen in penalty minutes. Bickel has recorded an assist in each of his last two games, on November 20 vs. Springfield and November 21 at Rochester. Prior to joining the Crunch, Bickel skated in one ECHL game with the Elmira Jackals.
Bickel made his professional debut with Iowa on October 10, 2008, vs. Peoria, and registered his first career point with an assist on February 16, 2009, vs. Lake Erie. Bickel has also skated in 25 career ECHL games with the Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals, registering one goal and 12 assists for 13 points, along with 50 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating.
Prior to turning professional, Bickel appeared in 45 career games in one season with the University of Minnesota Gophers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with a team-high, 92 penalty minutes. He helped lead Minnesota to the NCAA Regionals, where they were eliminated by the eventual champions, Boston College. Bickel also recorded an assist on the Gophers’ only goal in the WCHA Final Five title game, a 2-1 loss vs. Denver.
The Chanhassen, Minn., native was originally signed by Anaheim as an undrafted free agent on July 2, 2008.
Williams, 22, has registered one assist in 12 games with Hartford (AHL) this season. The Aurora, Illinois native was originally Colorado’s second round choice, 51st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers on July 16, 2009, from the Avalanche in exchange for Brian Fahey.