Brad Thiessen named starter for AHL Eastern Conference All-Stars


Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen has been named a starter for the AHL Eastern Conference All-Stars. It was announced today Thiessen who has emerged as the No. 3 goaltender on the Penguins organizational season, is having an excellent season for the Baby Pens, posting a 17-3 record with a 2.06 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Farm Report: Tangradi records first AHL hat trick in 5-1 win


Pittsburgh Penguins top forward prospect Eric Tangradi is starting to step up in his play in Wilkes Barre after a slow start. Tangradi collected his first AHL hat trick Wednesday night, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist in Wilkes Barre’s 5-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies. Tangradi who has 9 points in his last 7 games, including….

Farm Report: Phantoms can’t slow down Jeffrey who leads Baby Pens to 20th win


Jeffreys continues to star for Baby Pens Just over two weeks ago I wrote about how scouts were in consensus that Dustin Jeffrey is NHL ready and Jeffrey continues to back that statement up night in and night out. Jeffrey once again starred for the Baby Pens, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the Penguins 3-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday night. Wilkes Barre improved to 20-4 on the season with the win. Jeffrey is tied with Andrew Gordon for the AHL points lead with 30 points in 24 games. Jeffrey has 13 goals and 17 assists on season but it’s his dominating two-way play where he continues to shine. He is tied for the AHL lead with 4 shorthanded goals and 5 shorthanded points. Two others standouts this season in forward Tim Wallace and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo also stood out with their play in Saturday’sRead More »

Inside Look at the WBS Penguins who extend their winning streak to 8 games


WBS Penguins 6 – Hershey 2 The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their winning streak to eight games, defeating the Hershey Bears 6-2 on Saturday night. John Curry made 30 saves to earn the win and improve to 4-0 on the season. The Penguins have emerged as a top contender in the American Hockey League and through eight game, have earned three victories against Hershey who are a power house in the AHL. This is an extremely deep team with a handful of veteran players who have NHL experience and several prospects who are on the verge of being NHL ready and who are and would be in the NHL if they weren’t in the Penguins system. Chris Conner (2) led the offensive attack for Wilkes Barre, with 2 goals an assist in the win. Eric Tangradi (1), Andrew Hutchinson (2), Zach Sill (1), and Joe Vitale (5) also scored forRead More »

Farm Report: Mark Letestu shines in thrilling 8-6 loss


Wilkes Barre — The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals Affiliate) have had their share of thrilling games over the past two years and tonight was no different. Penguins center Mark Letestu netted his first career hat trick but it wasn’t enough as the Bears represented their “Big Club” in jumping out to leads of 4-2 and 7-4 en route to a 8-6 victory Friday night. Wilkes Barre struck early, scoring 45 seconds into the game as top prospect Eric Tangradi came in aggressive on the fore-check, bumping Bears defenseman Kyle Wilson off the puck and found Tim Wallace all alone in front for his 11th goal of the season. 19 seconds later, Hershey tied the game 1-1 and just over a minute into the game, it had the vibe that it was going to be a shootout. At 5:35 of the first period, Mark Letestu (15)Read More »

Farm Report: Jeffrey scores game winner in 3-2 win


Dustin Jeffrey continues to produce as one of the AHL’s top scorers as the 21 year old forward netted the game-winner with 2:07 left to play in regulation as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fought back to defeat the Lowell Devils 3-2 on Friday night at Wachovia Arena. Jeffrey’s game winner was his 12th goal of the season and team leading 41st point. Konstantin Pushkarev (4) and Eric Tangradi (9) also scored for Wilkes Barre. John Curry made 30 saves to earn his 16th win of the season. Curry is 16-12-1 in 30 games played with a 2.53 GAA. TIOPS No. 4 rated prospect Robert Bortuzzo added 2 assists for the Penguins. Wilkes Barre returns to action Saturday night. Notes: Much of the buzz in Wilkes Barre prior to the game was about Wilkes Barre defenseman Deryk Engelland and Lowell forward Louis Robitaille. Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau’s wrote a bookRead More »

Farm Report: Player Observations through 34 games


The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (18-14-1) got a three point night from Wyatt Smyth, getting goals from five different players en route to a 6-3 win Wednesday night over the Binghamton Senators. Chris Lee (4), Mark Letestu (8), Luca Caputi (13), Eric Tangradi (7) scored for Wilkes Barre while Smyth (7, 8,) added two goals. John Curry made 24 saves to earn his 15th win of the season. Aside from Wyatt Smyth, two bright spots on the night were top prospects Luca Caputi and Eric Tangradi. In the midst of a mini-slump, Luca Caputi the teams’ leading goal scorer, scored his first goal since December 18th and 13th of the season. Caputi also had an assist and was tied for a team high 4 shots on goal. Eric Tangradi has gotten off to a slow start but is starting to pick up his game. Tangradi notched his 7th goal of theRead More »

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 »