Please welcome Matt Halischuk back to Milwaukee. Word is that he will be playing this afternoon against Rockford.
Benn Olson has been returned to the Cyclones, and Dylan Hunter is back with the Admirals.
In other news…..(hat-tip to our friends at Cycwords for breaking the story) There are some mixed signals about a trade that Nashville may or may not have made last week.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel, a forward, has been added to the roster of the Cyclones.
Shawn Rine, who covers the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL, wrote this story about the move, saying that the Penguins retain his rights.
But he also tweets this message:
@WheelHouse87 Shawn RIne
So we’ll see if we can figure out what really happened.
As for the player… He played with Jon Blum on the Vancouver Giants junior team, leading the team in scoring in 08-09 to the tune of 36 goals and 79 assists. He was a 3rd round pick by the Penguins, but had not put up similar numbers since turning pro. There have apparently be some questions about his work ethic, which may or may not still be out there. (If we wants a chance to play in Milwaukee, those questions better be gone.)
Here’s a scouting report from hockeysfuture.com. Frankly, I don’t care for most of their scouting reports, but for now, it’s a start.
He’s a big body with very good scoring abilities. Pierro-Zabotel is a pure finisher who rarely fails to convert on a chance within 10 feet. In some ways he compares to Tomas Holmstrom in the sense that he’s willing to take some punishment in front of the net and he is very much an opportunist. He won’t create many chances himself, but he will take advantage of them when they come along.
His acceleration definitely needs improvement, although his all-around mobility is good enough to get by on with what he does on the ice. Defensively he’s weak, but that aspect of his game can be rounded out in the future.
So we’ll do some digging to see if he’s actually Predators property… If he is, maybe he’ll be worth a flier at some point?
And a programming note….we’ll have a story on Chet Pickard early this week. Remember him?
UPDATE: Confirmed through the Admirals office, Pittsburgh retains the rights to Casey Pierro-Zabotel. So his chances of playing in Milwaukee are a hair above nil at this point.