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: Bayda nets two goals in 4-3 win


Wilkes Barre — Ryan Bayda scored twice and John Curry (3-2) turned aside 29 of 32 shots, and then went 4-for-4 in the shootout as the WBS Penguins beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-3 to win their second straight game. Tim Wallace open the scoring for Wilkes Barre in the first period and Bayda added a power play goal in the second period and tied the game at 3-3 scoring his second goal of the game with 5:12 remaining in the third. Bayda has three goals in his past two games and shown instant chemistry with Mark Letestu on the Penguins second line. Bayda had a team high six shots on goal. Mark Letestu and Wyatt Smith scored for Wilkes Barre in the shootout. Post-Game Notes One reason for the Penguins offensive explosion this weekend is the return of Mark Letestu who has improved Wilkes Barre’s power play, which was strugglingRead More »