The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that defenseman Mark Eaton has been released from his professional tryout agreement (PTO). In addition, the Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Reid McNeill to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).
Eaton, 35, signed a PTO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Jan. 23 and skated in six games for the Penguins, registering one assist and four minutes of penalties
The fifteen-year pro played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-2010 after being signed as a free agent on July, 3, 2006. He appeared in 627 NHL games with Philadelphia, Nashville, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders, while totaling 24 goals, 61 assists and 238 penalty minutes.
On his second assignment this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, McNeill has yet to appear in any games for the Penguins. McNeill has recorded one goal, four assists and 39 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Nailers this year in his first pro season.
Originally from London, Ontario, McNeill split three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (2009-12) with the London Knights and Barrie Colts, totaling 23 points (7G-16A) and 162 PIM in 166 contests. McNeill, 20, was a sixth-round selection (#170) of Pittsburgh in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battle the Adirondack Phantoms at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:00PM