4th year undrafted Anaheim Ducks‘ right wing Dan Sexton(23) failed to crack the NHL lineup in 2011/2012 but in his rookie and sophomore seasons he played a combined 88 games scoring 19 goals and adding 32 assists for 51 points.
He also seems to underperform in the minors. At 5’10” 170 lbs. he can almost easily be tough to spot on the ice when he’s out there. He does dig but is more of the type of player that finds those open spaces in the offensive zone to score or feed the helper.
It’s almost surprising the only major injury he’s suffered thus far has been a surgically repaired nose from taking a slap shot to the face.
The 2nd year of his two-way deal he signed before last season is a one-way contract paid out at the league minimum. Not bad on the negotiation but will he find his path back to the show?
Still, good for a guy that started his pro career in the ECHL with Bakersfield Condors and eventually made it to Anaheim within that same season. In fact, he was sent back to Bakersfield once to keep him closer by for recall.
I’m sure he’ll look back when it’s all done on that rookie year where he played 72 games in three leagues scoring 27 goals and 30 assists.
Next year he could skate in his fourth minor league city (Norfolk Admirals) despite being signed by the same parent club.
Original story: 9/11-12
In the 2nd year of his deal, he was swapped out in minor trade with Tampa Bay Lightning that sent him right back to their new affiliate Syracuse Crunch, where he helped them go all the way to the AHL Calder Cup Finals.
He would re-sign to stay on for a complete campaign and led the team in all scoring categories for 2014/2015 with 19 goals and 28 assists, 47 points in 49 games.
The now 28-year old will continue where he is for 2015/2016 and could really be finding his scoring stride overseas and potentially pursue a return home to North American pro hockey.