RALEIGH, NC (March 2, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has assigned defenseman Niclas Wallin to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League.
This will be Wallin’s second stint with Cincinnati. He was reassigned to the Cyclones on Dec. 6 for 12 days. He had one goal and one assist in six games.
Wallin, 25, has played in 24 games with the Hurricanes this season. He has two goals, two assists and 19 penalty minutes. A shoulder injury on Jan. 29 against Tampa Bay caused Wallin to miss five games. He has been a healthy scratch for the past nine games.
A wrist injury kept the Boden, Sweden native out of six games from Oct. 10-24. Wallin has been a healthy scratch for 23 games this season.
Wallin (6’3”, 220 lbs.) completed his fourth season playing for Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden last year, totaling 16 points (7g, 9a) and 73 penalty minutes in 48 games. Wallin posted career bests in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes last season. A teammate of Hurricanes forward Tommy Westlund during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, Wallin recorded 29 points (12g, 17a) and 198 penalty minutes in 185 games for Brynas IF Gavle.The Carolina Hurricanes selected Wallin with the first pick of the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft held in Calgary, Alberta. Carolina acquired the pick from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange of Hurricanes’ draft selections in the fourth round (108th overall), fifth round (147th) and eighth round (244th) of this year’s draft.