Grennier Making Impact With Nailers

By Shawn Rine
Ohio Sports Editor
The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register

WHEELING, W.Va. – The transition from college to professional hockey can have its ups and downs. Throw in an early injury and a lack of playing time, and it’s easy for a rookie to get down on himself.

Wheeling forward Matt Grennier has dealt with all of the above, but has taken it all in stride, never getting too high or too low.

”It’s my first year so it’s tough to get used to the game,” he said. ”I came right from college with an Olympic-size rink, so coming from there was a big step for me.

”I’m feeling a lot more comfortable. I just want to keep working hard, listen to Chief and try to learn from some of the older guys.”

Whatever he’s doing seems to be working, never more so than Saturday night against the Reading Royals when he had his second career two-goal game in a 5-2 victory. Outputs like that have helped ease the loss of points machines Tommy Goebel and Nick Johnson, who were called up to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a week ago.

”I love both those guys, but it’s a good opportunity for us when they go up,” Grennier said. ”It’s great for us to step in and show what we can do because you never know, those guys may be back down or other guys might show up.

”So everyday you’ve got to show what you’ve got.”