The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled forward Tim Stapleton from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. ---
Stapleton, 27, has registered 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 71 games with Chicago this season. The 5-9, 160-pound right wing has set a new career high in goals, while ranking eighth in the league and second on the club. He leads the Wolves with three shorthanded goals, ranks second in points and plus/minus rating (plus-24), and is third in assists.
The La Grange, Ill., native made his NHL debut last season, scoring one goal in four games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 150 career AHL games with Portland, Toronto and Chicago he has posted 142 points (57 goals, 85 assists).
Stapleton was acquired by the Thrashers on July 1, 2009 along with defenseman Pavel Kubina from Toronto in exchange for defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Colin Stuart. He was originally signed by the Maple Leafs as a free agent on June 6, 2008.
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