Assistant GM Jason Botterill and the Penguins brass have decisions to make in the event of a lockout, pertaining to the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins roster. The AHL season will go on regardless of whether the NHL endures another lockout and the Penguins have to make decisions on whether to risk any notable players on two-way deals on waivers to continue their development. Penguin management at the NHL level have the mindset that defensemen Simon Despres, Brian Strait and Robert Bortuzzo will take up at least two of the seven spots on the blueline and possibly three of the seven spots. Simon Despres will be playing in the minors during the lockout, while Bortuzzo and Strait would have to clear waivers. The Penguins won’t risk Strait on waivers but there could be a slight chance with Bortuzzo. Despres and Bortuzzo would already add to a stacked blueline that is getting anRead More »
PENS PROSPECT BUZZ In Pittsburgh’s first round series with the Philadelphia Flyers, we saw a different Eric Tangradi on the ice who added a physical edge to his game and used his size very well in two games played. In those two games, Tangradi played the type of gritty game he needs to bring to the table on a consistent basis to be an NHL regular and Tangradi had a productive night in his first AHL playoff action of the season Wednesday night.
Forward Eric Tangradi and defensemen Brian Strait and Simon Despres have been re-assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton so they can play in the AHL playoffs. All three had valuable experience in the Penguins brief playoff run this spring. Wilkes Barre leads the Hershey Bears 2-0 in their first round playoff series.
PENS PROSPECT ROUNDUP WBS Penguins: Colin McDonald scored twice and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, defeating the Hershey Bears 3-1 on Friday night. Game 2 is Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Penguins were 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Cal O’Reilly also scored, netting the game winning goal. Jason Williams and Alex Picard each had 2 assists. Brad Thiessen made 19 saves in the victory, losing his shutout bid with 1:52 remaining in the game. MORROW SCORES IN GAME 1 OF CONFERENCE FINAL Top prospect Joe Morrow continues to be a point producer on the power play.
WBS PENGUINS 3 – ADIRONDACK 2 Playing for the first time in almost a week, the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins rallied from a 2-1 third period deficit, defeating the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Penguins improved to 33-18-2-5 (73 pts) on the season with the win. They trail first place Norfolk by eight points and the Penguins have two games in hand. — Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Paul Thompson (9) scored his 9th of the season at 13:11 of the period on a net-front goal and Brandon Defazio (9) scored twenty seconds later giving the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 13:31 of the period. — Goaltender Scott Munroe gave up a questionable goal to Matt Ford but was excellent in the final forty minutes making 27 saves for the win. Munroe who has been a very underrated signing, is 13-4-3 on the season. — The Penguins wentRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled forward Eric Tangradi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, just after 5:00 p.m. today. Tangradi who has struggled mightily at the NHL level, has appeared in 12 NHL games this season, going scoreless with 12 penalty minutes and a minus-5 rating. He has mostly played a fourth line role, averagingÂ 9:13 of ice time with the big club and was a major liability defensively in his most recent stint with the team inÂ January. Â Tangradi, 23, has 15 goals and 31 points in 37 games for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Nearly every time Tangradi is recalled, some almost always look too much into it and that will surely be the case this time around as the trade deadline is seven days away. With this callup, look for the daily Tangradi speculation to center around the Penguins wanting to showcase him. The callup strongly indicates the Penguins expectRead More »