The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Luca Caputi to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League
Caputi the organization’s top prospect, played in five games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut Feb. 3 at Montreal. Caputi notched his first career goal in the NHL 2:30 into the first period of his first NHL game
The plan coming in was to use Caputi in a structured role and he gained a valuable experience during his stint with the Penguins, appearing in 5 NHL games. The practice experience at the NHL level will also be beneficial for Caputi.
What impressed team officials with Caputi is the confidence he had when from the first day he stepped on the ice with the Penguins. He was not overwhelmed and showed that in his first game against the Canadiens.
Caputi is not the kind of player who is going to create his own offense on a consistent basis. He flourishes around the net and is a force in front of the net and has the attributes of the kind of winger that can be productive playing with Sidney Crosby in the future.
Caputi needs to get stronger and add some weight as his lack of strength was evident against the Red Wings and Sharks. For the time being he needs to be in the AHL and continue his development.
2/03 & MTL (15:11)
2/04 vs TB (7:33)
2/06 vs CLB (11:19)
2/08 vs DET (11:06)
2/11 vs SJ (6:19)
Forward Ruslan Fedotenko is expected to return to the lineup and play on a line with Jordan Staal and Miroslav Satan
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