Nailers receive pair from Penguins

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced that Pittsburgh has assigned forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Anton Zlobin to the club.

Kuhnhackl, 22, is in his second professional season, after an injury limited him to just 13 games between two levels during the 2012-13 campaign. He broke into the pros with the Nailers, suiting up in a pair of games last October, scoring his first goal on Oct. 19 at Elmira. He then went on to accumulate four points in 11 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Thus far this season, the Landshut, Germany native has appeared in 48 games with the Penguins, tallying 10 points (8g-2a) including a two-goal contest on Oct. 19 at Worcester. Kuhnhackl was a fourth-round selection (110th overall) of the Penguins in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Zlobin, 21, has played in 39 games during his rookie season, split between both the Nailers and Penguins. After making his debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he played his next nine games with Wheeling, racking up nine points (4g-5a), including a three-assist game on Nov. 15 in Elmira. The Moscow, Russia native scored his first pro goal on Nov. 23 at Fort Wayne, beginning a stretch in which he found the back of the net in four of five games. In 30 games with the Penguins this season, Zlobin has totaled 10 points (5g-5a), including a two-goal game against Hartford on Jan. 11. Zlobin was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.