WBS Farm Report: Lockout could make spots on the blueline even harder to grab for likes of Samuelsson and others


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 »

Farm Report: Alvarez struggles; Pearce homers; Morris on fire


Alvarez struggles, Pearce homers for AAA Indy It was a rough night for Pedro Alvarez who went 0-for-4 at the plate with three strikeouts and a walk in the Indians 7-4 win over Columbus. Alvarez is 1-for-10 with 1 run scored and no extra base hits in his last three games. He is batting .222 in the minors this season….. Steve Pearce went 1-for-5, hitting a solo home run in the 5th inning. It was his first rehab game with Triple-A Indy…. Matt Hague (.324) who is batting .324 on the season, was 2-for-4 with an RBI, double and run scored…. Rudy Owens (7-6, 5.16) whose had an up and down season, received his 7th win of the season, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings. Owens struck out 7 and has 15 collected strikeouts in his last 2 starts (9 2/3 innings).

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 »

Pens’ Development Camp: What to watch for


The Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 prospect development camp kicks off Tuesday, July 13th and runs through Saturday, July 17th. The group of rookies and prospects will take part in the development camp, which consists of on-ice practice and scrimmage sessions at Southpointe, medical and fitness testing at the UPMC Sports Medicine Complex on the South Side and workouts, meetings and seminars at Mellon Arena. The group 25 plus prospects headlined by top prospects Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo, Eric Tangradi and Beau Bennett arrived in Pittsburgh today for a team meeting. The players will go through medical testing tomorrow morning at the UPMC complex, followed by the first practice session Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The on-ice sessions will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. All on-ice sessions at Southpointe will be open to the public and start at 3:00 p.m. The instructors will be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden,Read More »

Alvarez drives in RBI No. 51


Indians improve to 35-27 on season. The Indianapolis Indians scored 10 runs on 13 hits in a 10-3 rout of Pawtuket on Friday night to complete a series sweep. Brandon Moss led the way offensively for the Indians, going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 1 home run and 4 RBI’s. Moss’ 4 RBI night upped his batting average to .236.

AHL Playoffs: Tangradi scores 1st career playoff goal in game 2 loss


Albany takes 2-0 series lead Jamie McBain scored a late third period goal as the Albany River Rats defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-2 on Friday night at the Times Union Center to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven East Division Semifinals. The series now shifts to Wilkes Barre for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday. The Penguins who entered the series as under-dogs got a strong game from top prospect Eric Tangradi who according to sources could be added to the Penguins playoff roster as early as Wednesday, if Wilkes Barre is eliminated.

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 »