Ducks Acquire Defenseman Grant From Pittsburgh In Exchange For Left Wing Zolnierczyk
Grant, 24 (1/20/89), appeared in 46 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2012-13. The 6-3, 200-pound blueliner earned 4-16=20 points with 73 penalty minutes (PIM), while pacing team defensemen in points-per-game (.43). He helped lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, collecting 2-2=4 points with 27 PIM in 13 games.
Selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Grant has scored 17-45=62 points with a +8 rating and 174 PIM in 125 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He ranked third among AHL rookies and tied for fourth among league defensemen in power-play points (7-20=27) in 2011-12, while setting career highs in goals (10), assists (27), points (37) and appearances (61).
Zolnierczyk, 25 (9/1/87), was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for left wing Jay Rosehill on Apr. 1, 2013 and appeared in nine games with Norfolk (AHL), scoring 2-0=2 points with 14 PIM. Zolnierczyk began the season with Adirondack (AHL), earning 9-8=17 points with 54 PIM in 52 games. He also played seven games for the Flyers in 2012-13, collecting one assist (0-1=1) with 36 PIM.