Nailers acquire Areshenko, Blair from Solar Bears


WHEELING, W.Va. – The
Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have acquired defensemen Jake Areshenko and Ryan Blair from the Orlando Solar Bears in exchange for future considerations.

Areshenko, 25, enters his first full season of professional hockey, after appearing in three regular-season games and three postseason contests with the South Carolina Stingrays at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. Prior to making the jump to the pro game, he attended Bemidji State University, where he appeared in 144 games, totaling 24 points (4g-20a) and 156 penalty minutes.

Blair, 27, is entering his third season in the ECHL, after spending the entire 2012-13 campaign with the Solar Bears, accumulating 15 points (3g-12a) in 56 games. He also appeared in 56 games during the 2011-12 season, splitting the year between the Cincinnati Cyclones, Toledo Walleye and Reading Royals. Prior to turning pro, the Ashburn, Va. native attended the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he recorded 36 points (3g-33a) in 141 games.