Garbutt was assigned to AHL San Diego on Saturday. After clearing waivers, Garbutt will head to the minors where he will look to get more playing time than the 9:10 on average that the Ducks were giving him. The 31-year-old winger managed only three points and 26 shots on goal during this stint in Anaheim.
Garbutt was placed on waivers Thursday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports. Garbutt's placement on waivers is likely more a procedural roster move considering he has played in all 27 games for the Ducks this year. If he goes unclaimed, the winger can remain in the NHL, but would be eligible to be sent down to the minors without having to be waived again in the future.
Garbutt scored his first goal of the season on his only shot on net during Thursday's game against Philadelphia. Garbutt has averaged just 9:16 of ice time through the first five games of the season, which significantly limits his fantasy upside. And after posting a respectable campaign during the 2013-14 season (17 goals and 32 points with a plus-10 rating, 106 penalty minutes, 165 shots and 141 hits), the 31-year-old winger declined all the way down to seven goals and seven assists last year. He still owns value in leagues that include real-time statistics, but he's unlikely help enough offensively to be anything more than a low-end fantasy option.
Garbutt should be seeing an increase in ice time, reports the Orange County Register. Coach Bruce Boudreau was quoted after Friday's game saying that he "was trying to figure out how [to] get [Garbutt] more ice time [since] he's playing really good." While he's currently averaging 10:20 of ice time this season, he's seen an average of 11:23 in his last six games. The increase in playing time should only serve to further boost what has been a nice fresh start for the 30-year-old. He's tallied four points in 15 games with the Ducks after tallying just six points in 43 games with the Blackhawks earlier this season.
Garbutt was acquired from the Blackhawks on Thursday. Garbutt has struggled in his first season with the Blackhawks, tallying only six points in 43 contests. Originally brought in as part of the deal for Patrick Sharp, the 30-year-old never quite fit within Chicago's system. With just one goal in his last 25 outings, the winger will look to reset with the Ducks.
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