Another former Penguin is getting a professional tryout with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Tom Kostopoulos, 33, is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time leader in games played (318), goals (97), assists (149) and points (246). He ranks first on the team’s playoff scoring list with 38 points (11G-27A) in 51 games.
Kostopoulos was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Kostopoulos made his NHL debut with the Penguins during the 2001-02 season and has appeared in 615 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Montreal, Carolina and Calgary, totaling 60 goals, 96 assists and 705 penalty minutes.
What kind of player is Kostopoulos now?
He appeared in 81 games last season with Calgary, collecting 4 goals and 8 assists.
Kostopoulos is a 4th line winger who had 124 hits for the Flames last season, ranking 2nd among forwards on the team.
This is a similar situation to Eaton. Doing a favor for the player but also getting a look from the Penguins but they are obviously not married to him and he’s a longshot to get an NHL contract. Pittsburgh though has a possible need for a 14th forward/role player as the team doesn’t plan to carry eight defensemen for the entire season.