Flames claim defenceman Brendan Mikkelson off waivers, send Brodie to farm team

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames have claimed defenceman Brendan Mikkelson off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and assigned defenceman T.J. Brodie to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat.

Mikkelson, as 23-year-old from Regina, has five assists and 38 penalty minutes in 67 NHL games. The smooth-skating defender was a second-round draft pick (31st overall) by Anaheim in 2005.

His sister Meaghan Mikkelson is also a defenceman and won an Olympic gold medal with the Canadian women’s team in February. Their father Bill played for the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in the 1970s.

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Brodie, 20, led the Flames in pre-season scoring with four goals and played in three regular-season games. But Calgary’s defence is laden with veterans on one-way contracts and the addition of Mikkelson further crowded the blue-line.

Brodie, from Chatham, Ont., had seven goals and 49 assists for the OHL’s Barrie Colts and Saginaw Spirit last season.