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: Jeffrey pushing hard for a promotion to the NHL


Scouts: Jeffrey NHL Ready Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and assist and John Curry made 29 saves to earn his ninth shutout of his Penguins career, leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Albany Devils on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Jeffrey continues his strong play, leading Wilkes Barre with 7 goals, 13 assists and 20 points on the season. Jeffrey has developed into an impact player in all facets of his game, playing a superb two-way game and is developing into a threat on the penalty kill, notching his 3rd shorthanded goal of the season tonight. The question in Penguins circles for a few weeks now is how long can the Penguins keep Jeffrey down in Wilkes Barre? He continues to prove his critics wrong and with so many players on one-year contracts, Jeffrey’s time with Pittsburgh will most likely come nextRead More »

Rookie Tournament Buzz: Jeffrey getting rave reviews


Rookie Tournament Buzz Word out of Penguins circles is that Dustin Jeffrey and Geoff Walker have been the two best players on the ice in the Penguins 2010 Rookie tournament. Zach Sill has also been a standout.  Jeffrey who has three goals in the tournament, is doing what he has to do as some of the Penguins top personnel members have been in attendance. This is the year the Penguins are expecting Jeffrey to make his mark in training camp. Questions though are still unanswered regarding how Jeffrey’s game will translate at the NHL level. Walker, 22, is a big winger with good size (6-3, 225) has some intrigue about him. He’s putting himself in position to get an early opportunity in Wilkes Barre to earn a spot on one of the top three lines.. Defensively top prospect Simon Despres has been characterized as being “dominant at times” in the defensive zone butRead 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: 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 »

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 »

Rookie Tournament: Leafs beat Penguins 3-1


*Based in Southern Ontario, Junior “A” talent evaluator Brian Kelly is a special contributor to Inside Pittsburgh Sports, covering the 2009 Rookie Tournament. Kitchener, Ontario – The Pittsburgh Penguins top prospects got their first look at Swedish goaltender Jonas Gustavsson Sunday night in the Penguins opening game in the 2009 Rookie Tournament. Gustavsson was strong in net making 36 saves and leading the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win. The Maple Leafs got goals from Alex Berry, Viktor Stalberg and Greg Scott. For Pittsburgh it was a game they would like to move on from. They were outworked and out chanced as the Leafs were the faster and more physical team. Brian Burke is quickly building the Leafs system into one of the NHL’s best. Pittsburgh saw that first hand tonight. Evaluations on Tangradi, Veilleux, Grant & more A few bright spots for Pittsburgh on the night was goaltender PatrickRead More »

Jeffrey will be given opportunity to be #4 center on the depth chart


The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold their 2009 prospect camp from Saturday, Sept. 5 to Thursday, Sept. 10 in Kitchener, Ontario. Penguins’ prospects will compete in a Rookie Tournament at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium against prospects from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins. The annual rookie tournament is a great opportunity for young forward Dustin Jeffrey to make an early impression to the Penguins staff before training camp begins on September 12th. Of all the prospects invited to training camp, Jeffrey has the best shot of making the team. In fact, the Penguins plan to give Jeffrey a prime opportunity to win the 4th line center job. The organization would like to play Michael Rupp and Craig Adams on wing, which will open a spot for Jeffrey. Pascal Dupuis will move to the 2nd line to open camp. Dupuis is expected to be given the first shot to playRead More »

Prospect Nick Johnson among top performers on day 1


Prospect Nick Johnson (2004, 3rd round pick) has the look of a player ready to build off of what was a strong playoff run to end his first professional season. Top 5 Performers from Day 1 1. RW Nick Johnson (2004, 3rd round pick) *Notes from Today’s Skate – Beaming with confidence and looked a step above the rest – Shot the puck very well, good velocity, accuracy – Among the top performers in 1-on-1 drills – Used size, speed to beat defenders wide – Even though he’s going up against younger players, team insiders were raving about his play this afternoon 2. RW Kevin Veilleux (2007, 2nd round pick) * Notes From Today’s Skate – Showed good speed, acceleration in skilled drills – Great composure in the offensive zone and around the net – Uses his reach very well – Look comfortable playing wing in line drills