Nailers re-sign Paul Cianfrini

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced that the team has re-signed defenseman Paul Cianfrini for the 2014-15 season.

Cianfrini, 25, has played two full seasons of professional hockey, spending the entire 2013-14 campaign with the Nailers, along with the first 19 games of the 2012-13 season. Last year, he showed his versatility by playing both defense and forward, which led him to 16 points (1g-15a) and +14 rating in 66 regular-season games. During the playoffs, the Dundas, Ontario native added a pair of assists, while tallying 17 penalty minutes in 10 contests.

Cianfrini has also spent time with the Toledo Walleye and Trenton Titans during his pro career, notching 29 points (2g-27as) in 138 games. Prior to that, the 6-foot-1 blueliner played four seasons of junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls and Erie Otters, while also attending Nipissing University for two years. His most productive season offensively came in 2010-11 at Nipissing, when he registered 21 points (5g-16a) in 28 games. Last fall, Cianfrini attended training camp with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.