The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday reduced their camp roster to 27 players.
17 Players were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton including Kasper Bjorkqvist, Pierre-Oliver Joseph, Thomas DiPauli, Sam Lafferty, Ryan Haggerty and David Warsofsky.
Warsofsky, DiPauli, and Ryan Haggerty are among six players who have to clear waivers to join WBS.
The headliners of today’s cuts were 2019 1st round pick Sam Poulin and 2019 3rd round pick Nathan Legare who were assigned to their junior teams.
Poulin had some nice moments in camp, he fit the scouting report to a ‘T’ in being hard to play against, got to loose pucks well, but the ability to create offense is nowhere near ready to pushing for NHL time. His ETA to the NHL has always been 3-4 years and nothing in this camp suggested that won’t be the case.
Legare who can already shoot the puck at an NHL level, made a great impression on the Penguins brass where there was at least a discussion among the top decision makers and the coaching staff late last week on whether there should be serious consideration to keeping Legare in camp through the final two preseason games and while a minority opinion among most, some felt he impressed enough where considering Legare for a nine-game audition was warranted, sources say.
Those thoughts are said to have been quickly squashed by the Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
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10 Defensemen still remain in camp. Among the notables sticking around camp for the final week is defenseman John Marino. Marino Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" he has some big supporters in the front office where he’s pushing to be among Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"