Penguins Assign Two to Wheeling
WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have announced three transactions, with all taking effect immediately. Wheeling has received forwards Keven Veilleux and Adam Payerl from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, while defenseman Joe Stejskal was recalled by the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Veilleux, 23, will be starting his third professional season, after sitting out the 2011-12 campaign with an injury. Kevin's journey to the pros began in the QMJHL, where he spent four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres and Rimouski Oceanic. During that time, he accumulated 54 goals, 128 assists, and 182 points in 193 games. After posting a career best 64 points in 2007-08, Veilleux racked up 48 points in just 29 games during his final junior hockey season, while playing for the Oceanic, who served as Memorial Cup hosts in 2009. That fall, the St-Georges-de-Beauce, QC native made the jump to the AHL, where he recorded three points in nine games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. One year later, Keven produced 12 goals, 24 assists, and 36 points, while helping to lead the Baby Pens into the second round of the playoffs.
Payerl, 21, is currently in the midst of his first full season in professional hockey, and already has one goal to show for it, in five games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Prior to turning pro, Adam spent five seasons in the OHL, playing for the Barrie Colts and Belleville Bulls. During that time, he totaled 60 goals, 83 assists, and 143 points in 306 games. The Kitchener, ON native had his best season of junior hockey in 2011-12, when he netted 22 goals, while snagging 47 points in 61 games. At the conclusion of that season, Payerl played in two games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dishing out one assist.
Stejskal, 24, appeared in nine games with the Nailers this season, before being recalled to Hamilton. In those games, he had one assist and two penalty minutes, as he has begun his second full season of professional hockey. Prior to turning pro, Joe spent four seasons at Dartmouth College, where he registered 14 goals, 18 assists, and 32 points in 126 games. At the end of his senior season, the Grand Rapids, MN native appeared in seven regular season games and five playoff contests with the Bulldogs, scoring his first professional goal. Last season, Stejskal played in 55 games for Hamilton, tacking on three assists.
Veilleux, Payerl, and the Nailers will be at home for two games this week, as they will battle the Reading Royals on Wednesday, and the Toledo Walleye on Friday. Both contests begin at 7:00.
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