WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Mike Carman to an American Hockey League contract and forward C.J. Severyn to a professional tryout agreement (PTO).
Signed to a PTO by the Penguins on Sept. 24, Carman has recorded two goals, three assists and four penalty minutes in 13 games. The 25-year old spent the 2012-13 season with the Hershey Bears, collecting four goals, six assists and 20 penalty minutes in 62 contests. A former third-round selection (81st overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Carman has played in 214 AHL games with Lake Erie, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, registering 52 points (27G-25A) and 134 PIM. A native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Carman played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota.
A native of Beaver, Pa., Severyn began the 2013-14 campaign with the Orlando Bears of the ECHL. He currently ranks first on the team in goals (6), points (17) and also is tied for the team lead with 11 assists over 19 games. Now a third-year pro, Severn has appeared in 129 ECHL games with Utah and Orland and totaled 33 goals, 43 assists, 289 PIM. Severyn was a seventh-round pick (186th overall) in 2007 by the Calgary Flames and played skated for four seasons at Ohio State University.
It was also announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Harrison Ruopp and forward Anton Zlobin to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).
Ruopp has collected two assists and 21 PIM in nine games with Wheeling to open up his rookie season. The 20-year was a member of the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders from 2010-13 and compiled three goals, 31 assists and 395 PIM in 214 contests. Originally a 2011 third-round draft pick (84th overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes, Ruopp was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 22, 2012.
Zlobin, 20, has started out his professional career by posting four goals, five assists and four penalty minutes in nine games for the Nailers. Last season, he was the Val d’Or Foreurs’ (QMJHL) leader in assists (62) and points (91), while also scoring 29 goals in 61 games. Zlobin’s totals had him ranked ninth overall in the league in points and tied for fourth in assists. Zlobin played the previous two seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL), totaling 63 goals, 58 assists and 52 penalty minutes over 125 contests. Zlobin scored both goals – including the overtime game-winner – to lift Shawinigan to the 2012 Memorial Cup.
Zlobin was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round (173rd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
In an accompanying transaction, defenseman Dustin Stevenson has been returned on loan to Wheeling.
In just nine games this season for Wheeling, Stevenson has posted a team-best +9 plus/minus rating and also contributed five assists. He made his AHL debut on Nov. 20 in the Penguins’ 3-1 win over the Rochester Americans and has skated in four games total for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Last season, the fourth-year pro took home the Kelly Cup with the Reading Royals (ECHL). Stevenson, 23, has totaled three goals, 31 assists and 277 PIM in 209 ECHL contests with South Carolina, Reading and Wheeling.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head to Newfoundland for a two-game set against the St. John’s IceCaps, beginning on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 pm EST. Tune into the Sports Hub 102 or AHL Live.