WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling Nailers announced their fourth player signing of the 2016 offseason this afternoon. Wheeling has signed forward Josh Shalla to a contract.
The 24-year-old Shalla will be entering his fifth season of professional hockey, after spending three seasons in the Nashville Predators organization with the Milwaukee Admirals and Cincinnati Cyclones, and most recently, one year skating with the Toledo Walleye.
His time in the ECHL has been highlighted by his ability to put the puck in the net, as he has posted a pair of 20-goal seasons, lighting the lamp 72 total times in 192 regular season games.
“Josh Shalla is a proven goal scorer, who I look to be a top producer on our team,” said Nailers Head Coach Jeff Christian. “Having played in Cincinnati and Toledo before, he understands how we play, and he is also familiar with the teams in our division. Josh is a former NHL draft pick, who is hungry to get back to the AHL.”
The Whitby, Ontario native broke into the pros in 2012-13, piling up 21 goals in 37 games with Cincinnati, while adding three goals in 32 games with Milwaukee. The following campaign, Shalla and the Cyclones took home the Eastern Conference Championship, with series wins against Orlando, Fort Wayne, and Greenville. Josh racked up 30 points in 29 regular season games that year, then tacked on 11 goals and 17 points in 23 postseason matches.
2014-15 and 2015-16 featured similar numbers for Shalla, as he accumulated 43 points during his final season in Cincinnati, then pocketed 42 points in his lone year with the Walleye. In his four seasons as a pro, Josh has totaled 77 goals, 82 assists, and 159 points in 250 games.
“I think it is a good move for me to come to Wheeling, especially after the run they went on,” Shalla said. “I’ve played a lot against Wheeling in my career, and it’s exciting to get a chance to play for a good team, as well as one where lots of guys get called up. I’m a goal scorer at heart, but I am also a bigger body, so I look at myself as a power forward who can score.”
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.