Tuesday, October 16, 2007

An AHL Invasion

The Wheeling Nailers roster keeps getting crowded with AHL talent as they have been assigned four players from their AHL affiliates.

The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned center Mark Letestu from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Wheeling earlier today.
Also, the Philadelphia Flyers assigned 3 players to Wheeling.
Forwards David Laliberte and Gino Pisellini as well as defenseman Mike Vannelli.

To make room, the Nailers released forwards Garrett Winder and Brendan Cook. Winder finished the preseason with 0 points and Cook lit the lamp twice one goal and one shootout goal.

Forward Mark Letestu has been a healthy scratch for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for every game this season. Last season he played in three regular season and two playoff games for the WBS Penguins but failed to record a point. He played his college hockey at Western Michigan. In his final season at WMU, Letestu played 37 games, Letestu amassed 46 points on 24 goals and 22 assists.

Foward David Laliberte spent last season with Prince Edward Island of the QMJHL where he played 68 games with the Rockets he tallied 98 points (50G, 48A). Laliberte played in one game this season for the Phantoms.

Gino Pisellini will be familiar with Nailer fans. Pisellini split last season with the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Trenton Titans.
He has not dressed for the Phantoms this season. Pisellini had a goal and an assist, in 32 games with the Phantoms last season. With Trenton, he had 4 points (1G, 3A).

Defenseman Mark Vannelli, was the captain of the University of Minnesota last season. In 44 games with the Golden Gophers,
Vannelli scored 39 points (10G, 29A) He has been a healthy scratch for the Phantoms in every game this season.

The Nailers have 9 players with time spent in the AHL. Kevin Croxton, Ned Havern, Kyle Rank, Adam Henrich, Curtiss Patrick, Paul Bissonnette, Jeremy Swanson, Martin Houle and Sean Collins.

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