The Anaheim Ducks have signed two depth guys destined for the AHL in Zack Stortini and Nolan Yonkman.
Stortini was chosen in the 3rd round, 94th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He made his first NHL appearance on January 20, 2007, against the Calgary Flames. Stortini was a -1 and received a 10 minute misconduct penalty in the third period of his first game. Stortini was leading the AHL in penalty minutes at the time of his call up. He was brought up to add some toughness to the Oilers after they had been banged around in the previous few games. The Oilers also wanted a “Heavyweight” in their line up to go against Calgary Flames heavyweight Eric Godard. He was sent back to the Hamilton Bulldogs after the game, but later was recalled. Stortini appeared in 29 regular season games for the Oilers during the 2006–2007 season. He went on to win the Calder Cup that season as a member of the Bulldogs. With limited NHL interest, Stortini signed a one-year deal as a free agent to return for a second tenure with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL on September 21, 2012 and did not prove to be useful, scoring two goals and six points to go along with about a million elbowing penalties and 241 PIM.
On July 17, 2006, Yonkman signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators. He has since played with their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals for three seasons. On July 13, 2009, Nolan was re-signed by the Predators to a one-year contract. After four seasons with the Admirals Nolan then signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 3, 2010. Yonkman now plays for the San Antonio Rampage. On July 1, 2011 Yonkman signed a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers organization and spent the past two seasons with them, recording seven assists in 71 games with the San Antonio Rampage.
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