WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have announced the addition of defenseman Dustin Stevenson and goaltender Eric Hartzell from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Stevenson, 24, is currently in the midst of his fourth professional season, after spending each of the previous three in the Washington Capitals organization as a member of the South Carolina Stingrays and Reading Royals. Prior to turning pro, Stevenson spent four seasons in his home province of Saskatchewan, suiting up with the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. In October 2010, the blueliner made his debut with the Stingrays, and has gone on to appear in 200 regular-season ECHL games, totaling 29 points (3g-26) and 170 penalty minutes. Stevenson has also recently experienced success in the playoffs, as he was a member of the 2013 Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals, posting nine points in 22 postseason contests.
Hartzell, 24, will be making his professional debut with the Nailers, as he enters his rookie campaign after four seasons with Quinnipiac University. He enjoyed tremendous success on the ice at Quinnipiac, finishing with a winning record in all four seasons between the pipes. The White Bear Lake, Minn. native appeared in 106 games, going 58-27-17, and also led the Bobcats to the NCAA National Championship Game during his senior season. Hartzell dressed in one NHL game last season, backing up Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins in Ottawa on April 22.