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Report: Ruopp, Zlobin Re-Assigned To WBS


The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly re-assigned defenseman Harrison Ruopp and forward Anton Zlobin to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – according to WBS’ website.

Ruopp and Zlobin were both in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) playing for the Wheeling Nailers.

Ruopp, 20, was acquired in a trade that sent former Pens’ defenseman Zbynek Michalek to the Phoenix Coyotes. Ruopp played in nine games for the Nailers, and he collected two assists while skating to a plus-3 rating.

Zlobin, 20, was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth-round (173rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and has the greatest potential out of the two. In just nine contests with the Nailers, Zlobin compiled nine points (4G, 5A) – an average of one point-per-game.

Last season, while he was playing for the Val d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Zlobin finished ranked ninth in the league for scoring with 91 points (26G, 62A).


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