Lalancette signs with Nailers for rookie season

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the team has signed forward Christophe Lalancette for the 2015-16 season.

Lalancette will be making his professional debut in October, after spending parts of five seasons playing junior hockey with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Drummondville Voltigeurs. The 21-year-old burst onto the junior scene came in 2011-12, when he appeared in 63 games with the Titan, producing 47 points (16g-31a). That performance helped him to becoming a fourth-round selection (109th overall pick) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The following year, Lalancette set his career high in goals with 18, before a 2013 trade led him to Drummondville, where he racked up a 59 points in 2013-14. Overall, the Roberval, Quebec native appeared in 237 games, collecting 190 points (61g-129a) and 126 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward has attended a National Hockey League camp in each of the three seasons since he was drafted. In 2012 and 2013, that experience came in San Jose, while in 2014, he was invited to rookie camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins.