Earlier this week, the Whale added two players to their roster to help fill some depth holes in the lineup. First, they recalled defenseman Jyri Niemi from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Second, they signed forward Michael Pelech to a PTO.
Niemi was initially sent to Greenville on December 28. In 14 games, Niemi had a line of 1-5-6, 34 PIMs, and a +8 rating. Prior to his ECHL stint, Niemi played five games with the Whale without netting a point.
Pelech is a fourth year pro, playing 249 career ECHL games with a line of 46-119-165 with 432 PIMs. He has played nine career AHL games, notching an assist.