Pittsburgh Signs Former ECHL Defenseman Engelland

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed defenseman Deryk Engelland, who had three assists and eight penalty minutes in six games for Reading in 2006-07.

The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Penguins of the NHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the sixth round (194th overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the 25 year old also played in the AHL in 2006-07 and had 10 points (4g-6a) and 95 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games for Hershey and 14 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games while helping the Bears reach the Calder Cup Finals.

In 2005-06, Engelland had 16 points (3g-13a) in 35 games with South Carolina and also played in the AHL where he had four assists and 77 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games and appeared in one playoff game for the Bears.

He played for Las Vegas in each of his first two professional seasons and had 34 points (7g-27a) and 201 penalty minutes in 107 regular season games and appeared in two Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Wranglers.