Farm Report: Jeffrey leads Wilkes Barre to 4-3 win


Jeffrey leads Wilkes Barre to 4-3 win Dustin Jeffrey (9, 10) scored two goals and an assist as the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 4-3 Monday night at Wachovia Arena to earn their third straight victory. Jeffrey who has made the transition to wing in the past couple weeks, has a team high 35 points on the season and has found great chemistry with linemates Mark Letestu and Nick Johnson. Nick Johnson added three assists as the Penguins top line combined for 7 points. Lane Caffaro (1) added his first goal of the season at 5:41 of the 1st period. Top prospect Eric Tangradi (6) scored the game winner at 14:49 of the third period. Tangradi is off to a slow start, playing a third line role of late, recording 10 points in 25 games played this season. Defenseman Brian Strait led all defensemen with a plus/minus ratingRead More »

Prospect Report: Hanowski going through some growing pains at St. Cloud State


Ben Hanowski Born: 10-18-1990 Position: Winger Height: 6-2 Weight: 198-pounds Hometown: Little Falls, Minn. Current Team: St. Cloud State University Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 3rd round pick TIOPS Scouting Report Hanowski had a prolific high school hockey career scoring 73 goals and 135 points (73-62-135) in 31 games, for Little Falls (2008-2009) during his senior season. Strengths: Exceptional puck skills, when it comes to his stick handling/goal scoring ability. – Has a knack for scoring goals – Elusive when a defender is closing on him – Good at moving the puck in tight – Smart two way player – Hard worker, student of the game – Performed well in testing drills at Penguins July prospect camp in drills that had an emphasis on quick feet Weaknesses: Not an exceptional skater, lacks breakaway speed but has quick feet. – Overall Skating ability – Body needs to fill out – Needs atleast two-threeRead More »

Farm Report: Penguins interested in grooming Dustin Jeffrey into a left winger


Johnson back at full health Right winger Nick Johnson (6ft2, 200lbs), is regarded by many NHL scouts as the Penguins most under-rated prospect. Johnson plays a strong two-way game and caught the eye of many members in the organization this past September, when Johnson pushed for a roster spot out of camp. Johnson likely would have been one of the Penguins call-ups during the Penguins rash of injuries in October and November but Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain just 7 games into the season, which sidelined him for 7 weeks. Johnson returned to the lineup Wednesday night, scoring 2 goals in Wilkes Barre’s 6-0 rout of Syracuse. This is a big year for Johnson to prove that he is an NHL player. Johnson will turn 24 this month. Stat Line: 8 GP – 3 goals – 1 assist – 4 pts Penguins grooming Dustin Jeffrey to be a leftRead More »

Farm Report: Caputi meeting expectations


When top prospect Luca Caputi entered training camp this past September, Pittsburgh wanted Caputi to have a Tyler Kennedy kind of training camp from 2007; Have a dominant training camp and carry that play to the minors for the first 2-3 months of the season. That wasn’t the case for Caputi who struggled for the most part. Pittsburgh had no intentions of Caputi pushing for a roster spot out of training camp but Pittsburgh wanted to see more out of him. Through 14 games with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, Caputi has put his subpar camp in the rearview mirror. Caputi has 6 goals on the season and he is finally playing with an “edge”. Management has wanted Caputi to be more aggressive in the offense zone and he has done that consistently for the first time in his young professional career. He is getting pucksRead More »