The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Carl Sneep from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, the team announced today.

Sneep has also been assigned to the Texas Stars, as he was traded for primarily to help provide more depth and stability on the blue line in the AHL. With Brenden Dillon and Jordie Benn in the NHL for, presumably, the rest of the season the Texas Stars were in need of a player with legitimate experience who can play some big minutes on defense in Austin and also provide some NHL depth if the injury issues create an emergency situation.

That seems to be the role Sneep will fill.

Sneep has played much of this season in the ECHL after being pushed down the depth chart due to the lockout and the logjam at defense the Penguins seem to perpetually have to deal with. He had a great reputation at Boston College and scouting reports are generally positive; Sneep appears to be a good two-way defenseman with good size who does everything pretty well but nothing spectacular. Sneep made his NHL debut last season, having one assist in one game.