It was released in a statement today by the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins that goaltender Eric Hartzell, forward Tom Kuhnhackl and defenseman Harrison Ruopp have been assigned from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Kuhnhackl has recorded eight goals, two assists and 22 penalty minutes in 48 games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 22-year old has also contributed a goal and an assist in three games with the Nailers.
Originally from Landshut, Germany, Kuhnhackl was a fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins (110th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
In 11 games with the Penguins this year, Ruopp has posted 18 penalty minutes. A 20-year old rookie from Zehner, Saskatchewan, Ruopp has also collected two assists and 33 PIM over 14 games for Wheeling.
A 2011 third-round draft pick (84th overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes, Ruopp was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 22, 2012.
Hartzell, 24, has posted a record of 10-7-1 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 2.30 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and three shutouts. The rookie netminder has gone 4-4-1 with Wheeling, while compiling a 3.32 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
A native of White Bear, Minnesota, Hartzell was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award last season after registering a 30-7-5 record, 1.57 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in 42 starts and leading Quinnipiac University to its first-ever NCAA championship game.
The Penguins return home to face the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday, Mar. 14 at 7:05pm.