Anaheim, Columbus swap AHL players

The Anaheim Ducks, parent club of the AHL’s Portland Pirates, announced today that they have acquired center Geoff Platt from the Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, in exchange for defenseman Aaron Rome and left wing Clay Wilson.

The Crunch also traded defenseman Bruno St. Jacques to the Pirates for future considerations.

Platt, 22, has appeared in 15 contests this season for Syracuse, collecting four goals and three assists for seven points. In three seasons with Syracuse, Platt has amassed 121 points (63g, 58a) points in 134 AHL contests. He scored 30 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, and in 2006-07 he led the Crunch in goals (28) and finished third in points (49).

The Toronto native has also appeared in 41 career NHL contests with Columbus, earning four goals and 10 assists for 14 points during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Platt was originally signed by Columbus as a free agent on Nov. 25, 2005.

Rome, 24, has appeared in 14 contests this season with Portland, collecting two goals, three assists and 31 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Jan. 2, 2007, at Detroit, and also appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoff contest with the Ducks last season.

Rome was signed as a free agent by Anaheim on June 7, 2004. He was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the last four seasons in the Ducks organization, recording 70 points (17g, 53a) and 387 PIM in 229 career AHL games.

Wilson, 24, has earned three goals and five assists in 14 contests this season with Portland. The Sturgeon Lake, Minn., native has collected 88 points (22g, 66a) in 153 career AHL appearances. Playing as a defenseman in 2006-07, Wilson finished seventh in the AHL in scoring among blueliners and ranked third overall in scoring with the Pirates.

Wilson was originally signed as a free agent on July 11, 2006.

St. Jacques, 27, has eight assists in 13 games for Syracuse this season. The Montreal native and eighth-year pro has totaled 18 goals and 91 assists for 109 points in 350 career AHL contests, including 85 games with Portland from 2005-07.

St. Jacques has also skated in 67 career NHL games with Anaheim, Carolina and Philadelphia, amassing three goals and seven assists.