The Anaheim Ducks, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have acquired defenseman Alex Grant from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Harry Zolnierczyk (ZOHL-nehr-chuhk).
Grant, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound defenseman, appeared in 46 regular season games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, posting four goals and 20 points with 73 penalty minutes and a minus-7 rating. Grant paced team defensemen in points-per-game (.43) while 12 of his 20 points on the season came via the power play (2g, 10a). He then added two goals and four points with 27 penalty minutes in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games as the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
A 24-year-old native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Grant has appeared in 125 career AHL games – all with the Penguins – netting 17 goals and 62 points with 174 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating. He has also scored four goals and 11 points with 40 penalty minutes in 27 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Penguins. In 2011-12, Grant set AHL career highs with 10 goals, 27 assists and 37 points in 61 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He was also third among all AHL rookies and fourth among all AHL defensemen with 27 power play points (7g, 20a) in 2011-12.