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Rookie impresses.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel put up some decent numbers in his first season as a professional hockey player. The 21-year-old, who was born in Ashcroft, B.C. and has Bonaparte ancestry, spent the majority of the past season with the East Coast Hockey League's Wheeling Nailers.

He played 49 games with the West Virginia-based squad and earned 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 49 games.

Pierro-Zabotel also played nine matches, picking up one assist, in the higher calibre American Hockey League with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Pierro-Zabotel had spent the previous two seasons with the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants. He was also a third-round selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
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Title Annotation:Windspeaker sports briefs
Author:Laskaris, Sam
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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