WHEELING - The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Nick D'Agostino to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton released defenseman Barry Goers from his 25-game professional tryout, returning him to Wheeling.
D'Agostino, 23, appeared in four games with the Nailers, with each taking place last week. After a pair of scoreless contests against Reading and Cincinnati, D'Agostino dished out an assist Saturday against Toledo, setting up Jack MacLellan's shorthanded goal in the third period.
Prior to joining Wheeling, the Bolton, ON, native had played his first 25 professional games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, totaling one goal, six assists, and seven points. D'Agostino became the eighth former NHL draft pick to appear in a game with the Nailers this season.
Goers, 27, returns to the Nailers after a successful seven-game stint in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which saw him rack up one goal, four assists, and five points. Goers was scoreless in his first two contests before a two-assist performance on Dec. 21 against Syracuse, with his first helper coming on a goal by 2013-14 Nailer Zack Torquato.
Four games later, the Ivyland, Pa., native posted another multi-point performance, as he tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory against Binghamton on Jan. 5. Earlier this season, Goers appeared in 10 games with the Nailers, accumulating one goal, four assists, and five points, including a goal and an assist on Nov. 2 against Greenville. The fourth-year pro has appeared in 180 career games.
Goers will join the Nailers in time for their road trip to Greenville and Gwinnett this weekend, while D'Agostino will join the Penguins in time for their road trip to Providence and Portland.
Wheeling's next home game takes place at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 against Cincinnati.