Nailers add experience with defenseman Milan

WHEELING, W.Va. - The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the signing of defenseman Dan Milan for the 2017-18 season.

Milan, 25, is a veteran defenseman, who will be entering his sixth professional season. Last year, he was a member of the Fort Wayne Komets, and he got his first taste of ECHL playoff success, as the Komets took down the Quad City Mallards in round one. Throughout his career, the blueliner has been known for his play in the defensive zone, in addition to his ability to mix things up physically. In 2014-15, Milan set a career high by receiving 178 penalty minutes with the Wichita Thunder, and was also productive offensively that season, totaling 17 points. Milan has appeared in 296 career games, playing in the AHL, ECHL, and CHL, recording 54 points (6g-48a) and 553 penalty minutes. He has eclipsed the 100-penalty minute mark in three of his five campaigns.

Prior to turning pro, the Detroit native played two seasons of junior hockey, suiting up with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats and Victoriaville Tigres. His first season in Moncton was an electric one, as Milan finished second on the team in defensive scoring, collecting 38 points (14g-24a) and 76 penalty minutes in 68 games.