October 26, 2021 Nick Hart
Almeida Nappier

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that forward Justin Almeida has been reassigned by the Pittsburgh Penguins from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has reassigned goaltender Tommy Nappier to Wheeling.

Almeida was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Through 20 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the 22-year-old has posted three goals and two assists for five points.

A native of Kitimat, British Columbia, Almeida also suited up for 37 games in Wheeling during the 2019-20 campaign. During his time with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, he registered 16 points (5G-11A).

Prior to turning pro at the start of 2019-20, Almeida put up impressive numbers while playing in the Western Hockey League. He led the WHL with 78 assists in 2018-19, and his 111 points ranked third in the league. In 256 WHL games played for the Prince George Cougars and Moose Jaw Warriors, Almeida racked up 89 goals and 154 assists for 243 points.

Nappier has played one game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, turning aside 28 of 31 shots on Sunday, Oct. 19. In four AHL starts, all with the Penguins, Nappier has a 1-3-0 record, .851 save percentage and 3.82 goals against average.

The 23-year-old netminder from St. Louis, Missouri also dressed in seven games for the Nailers last season, accruing a 2-5-0 record, .919 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average.

Nappier had one of the most prolific goaltending careers in Ohio State University men’s hockey history. In 2018-19, he was named Big Ten Goalie of the Year. One year later, Nappier was voted the Buckeyes’ Team MVP.

At the end of his four years at Ohio State, Nappier ranked third all-time in Buckeyes history with a .925 career save percentage, fourth in career shutouts (8) and fifth in career goals against average (2.31).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 27, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and the Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets and season-ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are on sale now. Full-Season, 22- game, 12-game, Flexbook and Premium Seating plans are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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