May 28, 2010
Ducks sign '08 pick McMillan
ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks signed left wing Brandon McMillan to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed.
McMillan, 20, appeared in 55 contests in his fourth season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2009-10, scoring 67 points (25-42) with 63 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-11 rating. Ranking tied for second on the club in goals and third in points and assists, McMillan set career highs in all three categories. He scored a career-high four goals in the final contest of the regular season on Mar. 13 vs. Prince George. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound winger led the Rockets in postseason scoring, collecting 15 points (5-10) in 12 games. He scored the game-winning goal on Apr. 3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Tri-City. In addition, McMillan appeared for Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scoring 8 points (4-4) in six contests en route to the silver medal.
A native of Richmond, British Columbia, McMillan registered 49 points (14-35) in 70 contests with Kelowna in 2008-09. He finished fifth on the club in assists and sixth in points and registered a career-high five-point night (3-2) on Nov. 21 at Prince George. In addition, McMillan helped the Rockets to a WHL Championship in the postseason. Advancing to the Memorial Cup final, the club eventually fell to Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), four-games-to-one (4-1).
Selected by Anaheim in the third round (85th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, McMillan earned 169 points (56-113) in 251 career WHL games. He played in a career-high 71 regular season contests in 2007-08 (missed only one contest), scoring 41 points (15-26). His international hockey resume also includes representing the gold-medal winning Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Russia, scoring 3 points (1-2) in the tournament. Additionally, McMillan represented Team B.C. at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.