Garbutt called up to Chicago

The Gwinnett Gladiators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago called up Ryan Garbutt and assigned Pat Galivan on Wednesday.

The exchange of second-year forwards keeps Gwinnett’s roster steady.

Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said he wanted Chicago to give Garbutt a chance before another AHL team came and scooped him up.

“I think at some point he might have a chance at the NHL — he’s just that good,” Pyle said. “I was glad he getting an opportunity. He deserves it.”

Garbutt was named the ECHL’s player of the week Tuesday, the same day he left to meet the Wolves in Texas, where they play tonight. Garbutt, a 25-year-old from Winnipeg, had seven points from Nov. 1-7, including three power-play goals and an unassisted short-handed tally.

He had a season best four points (two goals, two assists) in the Gladiators’ 5-3 win over Greenville on Saturday.

“You don’t have to say too much to him,” Pyle said. “He’s just been really easy to coach. He doesn’t question anything. I mean, anything.”

Garbutt shared second in scoring in the ECHL with 17 points and led the league with 10 goals at the time of his call-up.

Pyle said Garbutt may be put on a line with Michael Davies, who was assigned to the Gladiators for six games, and Andre Deveaux.

“Hopefully he gets a chance to be in their top three lines,” Pyle said. “He’ll bring some energy.”

Galivan returns to Gwinnett after he played for the team last year as a rookie. In 46 games with the Gladiators last season, Galivan had 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) and had 47 penalty minutes. He also recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games with the Wolves last season.

The Oak Park, Ill., native has skated in four games this season with Chicago.

“I talked to him and he’s pretty fired up,” Pyle said. “He wants to play and get his timing down. This might be just what he needs.”

Galivan is meeting the team, which left Wednesday night, in Kalamazoo for its game Friday against the Wings.