Former Centennials captain and the franchise’s third all-time scoring leader Casey Pierro-Zabotel has been called up from the ECHL to the AHL by Pittsburgh. Here’s the release from the ECHL.com:
WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Pittsburgh Penguins have reassigned left wing Casey Pierro-Zabotel from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today.
Pierro-Zabotel, 21, has posted 33 points (9+24) in 38 games with the Nailers this season, and departs for northeastern Pennsylvania ranking second on the squad in scoring and first in assists. He posted a season-high nine-game point streak which was halted last weekend, and has registered 20 points (6+14) in his last 18 games.
The native of Kamloops, British Columbia entered his first year of professional hockey having come off of a banner year with the Vancouver Giants (WHL), where the 6-2, 210-lb left wing posted a league-best 115 points (36+79) in 72 regular-season games. His 115 points shattered the Giants’ single-season point record, an achievement which earned him Vancouver’s first-ever recipient of the Bob Clarke Trophy, awarded to the WHL’s leading scorer.
In 294 games split over five seasons between the Merritt Centennials (BCHL) and the Vancouver Giants, Pierro-Zabotel has recorded 346 points (132+214).
Pierro-Zabotel was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (80th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.