The Quad-City Mallards have traded Patrik Levesque, last year’s leading scorer, to the Mississippi RiverKings for future considerations.
The move was announced 15 minutes before the team faced off against the Tulsa Oilers in Oklahoma on Tuesday.
“He just wasn’t playing well,” Mallards coach Frank Anzalone said of Levesque. “It seemed like he needed to be jumpstarted. Rather than battle him, to get him do what I needed him to do, we traded him to give him a fresh start. It was very much about me feeling for Patrik. I really like him, and I want him to do well.”
Levesque, who played just four shifts in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Dayton at the i wireless Center, was left behind when the team bused to Tulsa on Monday morning.
He declined comment on his status before the trade was announced and was not immediately available for comment.
Last year’s Mallards leader in goals and points, Levesque has a goal, four assists and 23 penalty minutes this year. He rejoined the team last week after sitting 10 days with an injured back.
He led the Mallards with 30 goals and 67 points last season, despite a noticeable decrease in his playing time over the final 20 games.
“He just sort of fell off the cliff a little in terms of work ethic and coming back to the defensive zone,” Anzalone said of the decreased playing time when Levesque re-signed with the Mallards in July. “He just got caught up in wanting to score to help the team that way.”
Levesque also said he was ready to turn a page.
“I matured a lot, improved, and I want to keep improving with Frank as my coach,” he said in July. “I’m really excited to be back there.”
Rookie forward Mark Ehl was activated off short-term injured reserve Tuesday.