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James Wisniewski | Defenseman

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
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Anaheim Ducks GM Bryan Murray lamented James Wisniewski's lack of ice time during the playoffs.
Wisniewski saw just 13 games with the Ducks after being acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus, and not a single game during Anaheim's 16-game postseason journey. "The professionalism he showed was outstanding," Murray said. "I wish he’d gotten an opportunity because I know he would have played well." Wisniewski found himself without a job after Simon Despres, acquired at the trade deadline from Pittsburgh, surprised the staff. "I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t realize Simon [Depres] would jump in a play like this. He just took a job. He was excellent." Despres put up seven points in 16 playoff games after six points in 16 post-trade deadline games with Anaheim. Wisniewski, for what it's worth, will ding the cap at $5.5M the next two seasons but only cost $8M in actual salary. Jun 2 - 8:53 PM

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James Wisniewski headlines Anaheim's scratches for Saturday night's Game 7 tilt with Chicago.

The veteran blue liner Wisniewski will be joined by fellow defender Korbinian Holzer, and goaltender Jason LaBarbera. All of whom will be seated with forwards Chris Wagner, Emerson Etem and Tim Jackman.

James Wisniewski and Chris Wagner will be held out of the lineup as healthy scratches for Game 5 Monday night versus the Blackhawks.

Both players were a possibility to dress Monday but the Ducks will elect to keep the same defense and insert Tomas Fleischmann into the lineup instead of Wagner and Emerson Etem. Wisniewski was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Ducks earlier in the season but has had a hard time fitting in as he played just 13 games with Anaheim during the regular season and has yet to dress in the 2015 playoffs. Wagner is just a 23-year-old rookie and hasn’t dressed since April 18th in the Ducks opening round playoff series versus the Winnipeg Jets. He has played a total of 11 NHL games (including two in the postseason) in his career and has yet to pick up a point.
May 25 - 9:18 PM

Defenseman James Wisniewski has yet to play in the 2015 playoffs.

The Ducks acquired the offensive defenseman at the trade deadline and the thought at the time was that Wisniewski would be a third pairing defenseman. But the Ducks defensive corps of Hampus Lindholm, Francois Beauchemin, Cam Fowler, Simon Despres, Sami Vatanen and Clayton Stoner has been stellar in the post-season and Wisniewski waits patiently to get into the lineup as he may need an injury to someone on the top-six for that to happen.
May 23 - 6:01 AM

The Anaheim Ducks will not have any line changes as they head into Game Five on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.

Defensemen James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer will be joined by forwards Jiri Sekac and Emerson Etem in the press box, along with goalie Jason LaBarbera. However, if Wisniewski ever gets into the lineup, considering picking him up. The veteran defender scored eight goals and 34 points this season, including five points in 13 games with Anaheim.

James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer are expected to be healthy scratches in Sunday's game against Calgary.

Joining them in the press box will be black aces Ryan Faragher, Mark Fistric, Max Friberg, Josh Manson, Jaycob Megna, Stefan Noesen, Andrew O'Brien, Michael Sgarbossa, Shea Theodore and regulars Chris Wagner, Jiri Sekac and Tomas Fleischmann.
May 3 - 9:40 PM

James Wisniewski is slated to be a healthy scratch again when Round 2 begins.

He didn't play in Anaheim's sweep of Winnipeg and he's not expected to be in the lineup on Thursday when the Ducks open their semifinal series against Calgary.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 6:39 PM

James Wisniewski didn't play at all in the first round.

Anaheim acquired Wisniewski from Columbus on March 2 and it's surprising to see the talented defenseman kept out of the lineup. At the same time, the Ducks swept the Jets, so there wasn't any incentive for Anaheim to make adjustments. It's likely just a matter of time before Wisniewski gets his chance.
Apr 27 - 6:25 AM

The Ducks will roll with the same lineup that led to victories in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Winnipeg Jets.

That means the Ducks will continue to scratch defensemen James Wisniewski, Josh Manson, and Korbinian Holzer for Game 3. Jiri Sekac will also be held out of the lineup Monday night. If the Ducks continue to earn playoff victories, then this group of players will most likely continue to be scratched.
Apr 20 - 9:15 PM

James Wisniewski will be a healthy scratch for Anaheim's playoff opener against Winnipeg on Thursday night.

"You're never really expecting this ... it is what it is," he said. "I hope to get in there. It's what I'm here to do. Nobody wants to not play in the playoffs but it's out of my control." In 13 games with the Ducks, Wisniewski posted five assists, 20 shots and a minus-3 rating.
Apr 16 - 2:53 PM

James Wisniewski will watch Wednesday’s contest with the Dallas Stars from the press box.

With Clayton Stoner returning the Ducks lineup, Wisniewski will be the odd man out on the blue line. Since being acquired by the Ducks at this year’s trade deadline, Wisniewski has yet to score a goal and has only chipped in five assists. Overall this season, he has eight goals and 34 points in 68 games played.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 8 - 8:10 PM

James Wisniewski had an assist in Anaheim's 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Wisniewski in on a three-game point streak. That gives him five points in 10 games with Anaheim since being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Mar 30 - 8:27 AM

James Wisniewski, Tomas Fleischmann and Emerson Etem will all be healthy scratches on Thursday night vs. Boston.

Wisniewski was acquired from Columbus in early March. The 31-year-old has no goals, three assists and a minus-4 rating in eight games since joining the Ducks. Fleischmann was also acquired via trade earlier this season. The 30-year-old has one goal and three points in 10 games since joining Anaheim.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 26 - 7:16 PM

James Wisniewski had a couple of blocked shots late in the game Friday to preserve a 2-1 Anaheim win.

Those were the only two blocked shots of the game for the veteran who was dealt from Columbus at the deadline. The Ducks have been struggling of late and they needed Wisniewski to give up his body for the win. "We talked about it," fellow blueliner Francois Beauchemin said. "We needed to sacrifice our body blocking shots. Wisniewski made two big blocked shots at the end of the third there and that's how you've got to win games. And especially at the end and in the playoffs, winning the board battles, the one-on-one battles and make sure you come out with the puck from the corners, and stuff like that. Those are details of the game you need to do if you want to be a championship team."
Mar 14 - 7:41 AM

James Wisniewski's equipment has arrived in time for him to suit up Monday night in Vancouver.

Now that his foot is fully healed and his equipment has arrived before the game, Wisniewski is good to go to make his Ducks debut Monday night. He offers a lot of offensive upside for fantasy owners now that he plays on a more potent Ducks squad and will continue to receive his fair share of power play time. The 31-year-old defenseman has tallied eight goals and 21 assists with a minus 10 rating in 56 games played. He's also a good source of shots on goal as he's fired 127 this season.
Mar 9 - 8:45 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5Chris Wagner
6Michael Sgarbossa
7Stefan Noesen
LW1Matt Beleskey
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Patrick Maroon
4Tomas Fleischmann
5Jiri Sekac
6Max Friberg
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Emerson Etem
5Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2Sami Vatanen
3Francois Beauchemin
4Hampus Lindholm
5Simon Despres
6Clayton Stoner
7James Wisniewski
8Mark Fistric
9Korbinian Holzer
10Josh Manson
11Jaycob Megna
12Brandon Montour
13Andrew O'Brien
14Shea Theodore
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson
3Jason LaBarbera
4Ryan Faragher