Ducks return forward Maxime Comtois to QMJHL Drummondville

The Anaheim Ducks have returned left wing Maxime Comtois to the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

The Anaheim Ducks have returned rookie forward Maxime Comtois to the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.

Comtois, 19, appeared in 10 games with the Ducks this season but hadn’t played in the NHL since Oct. 23 while he recovered from a lower-body injury. He had two goals and seven points in those 10 games.

A second-round pick of the Ducks in 2017, Comtois had been on a conditioning stint with AHL San Diego since Nov. 12. But his age and CHL status prevented the Ducks from keeping him in the AHL beyond the 14-day conditioning stint, meaning he had to return to the NHL or be sent back to junior by Nov. 26. Comtois had one goal in four games with the Gulls.

Comtois’ return to the QMJHL likely means he’ll play a key part on Team Canada at the upcoming world juniors. He joins a Drummondville team that currently sits second in the Western Conference with a 16-6-1 record, and alongside 2018 first-round picks Joe Veleno (Detroit) and Nicolas Beaudin (Chicago) will look to lead the Voltigeurs to their first President’s Cup title in 10 years.

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