MANCHESTER, N.H. – Manchester Monarchs Head Coach Rich Seeley announced a pair of trades late Monday night. On the move are defenseman, Joe Houk, who was traded to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and forward, Eric Neilson, who was traded to the Missouri Mavericks.

Houk, 25, played in nine games for the Monarchs this season without recording a point.  The six-foot, 204-pound defenseman played seven games with the Elmira Jackals to begin the season, adding one assist, and signed with the Monarchs on December 4, 2015.

The UMass-Lowell (H-East) product signed with the Toledo Walleye out of college, and played in 25 games with the Walleye, recording seven points on one goal and six assists.  Houk was then traded to the Elmira Jackals on March 9, 2015, and played in 14 games for the Jackals notching six points on one goal and five assists.

Here are some more of Houk’s stats, from Elite Prospects:


The 31-year-old Neilson participated in Manchester training camp but did not play in a game for the Monarchs, as he was loaned to the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) prior to Opening Night.  With St. John’s, Neilson played in six games without recording a point, earning nine penalty minutes.

Here is a complete breakdown of Neilson’s stats, from Elite Prospects:

The Fredericton, New Brunswick native is in his 11th professional season and has spent time with the Bakersfield Condors, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Alaska Aces of the ECHL and Peoria Rivermen (AHL), Hamilton Bulldogs, San Antonio Rampage, Norfolk Admirals, Syracuse Crunch and IceCaps of the AHL.

Neilson was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings #143 overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. His trade was likely precipitated because of the addition of John Scott to the Ice Caps’ roster this past Friday.

Manchester returns to action Friday night, when they travel to Glens Falls, NY to play the Adirondack Thunder in a three-game weekend set.

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