For the first time in almost a year, Chris Wideman is back in the NHL. The former Ottawa Senators regular has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks for the first time after signing a one-year, two-way deal with them in the summer.
Wideman, 29, was once an analytical darling that many believed deserved more ice time in Ottawa, but things have collapsed over the last few years. After playing in 140 games between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, he’s suited up just 41 times since.
The last time he saw NHL ice was on January 5th 2019 with the Florida Panthers, but also spent time in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization after a deadline deal last year. In 26 games with the San Diego Gulls this season he has 19 points, the same level of offensive production that made him such an intriguing prospect in the first place.