Penguins assign Zlobin to Wheeling

Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced that forward Anton Zlobin has been reassigned to the club by Pittsburgh from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Zlobin, 20, made his professional debut on Sunday, when he suited up with the AHL Penguins in their game against the Springfield Falcons. He joins the pro ranks after spending three seasons in the QMJHL – two with the Shawinigan Cataractes and one with the Val-d’Or Foreurs – recording 212 points (92g-120a) in 186 games.

The Moscow, Russia native’s greatest accomplishment in junior hockey came at the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup, when he netted two goals, including the overtime winner, as Shawinigan defeated London 2-1 for its lone championship in the team’s now 45-year history. The forward entered Pittsburgh’s organization as a sixth-round draft pick (173rd overall) by the Penguins at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.