The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly re-assigned goaltender Eric Hartzell to the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), according to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ team website.
Hartzell, 23, was sent to WBS following his attempt to make the Pens’ roster in September, and has not performed in a game so far this year.
Moving Hartzell to the ECHL might seem as a demotion, however, the goaltender is currently sidelined with an injury and is most likely going to be working specifically on his conditioning.
The 6-foot-4, 187-pound Hartzell was signed by Pittsburgh following a stellar senior season at Quinnipiac University, where he was named USA Hockey College Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (NCAA’s top college hockey player).
In his final season with Quinnipiac, he posted a record of 30-7-5, a 1.57 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage in 42 starts for the Bobcates. He also helped lead the team to their first frozen-four appearance in school history and backstopped them to the NCAA championship game.