PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman John Marino has been the cinderella story in Penguins training camp. However, by Monday the Penguins must make their final roster decisions and they already have seven defensemen on NHL contracts and Juuso Riikola, who has also played well in preseason.
Marino, 22, spoke of the urgency in the Penguins final preseason game, which could be his last in the NHL for a while, if the Penguins choose to send him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The Penguins lost to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a shootout.
Marino pushed the play when he had a chance. The 6-foot-2, 181 pound rookie from Harvard has impressed Penguins management and his would-be AHL coach, Mike Vellucci.
The defenseman played 16:47 Saturday afternoon in a pairing with Jack Johnson. Marino also played 3:26 shorthanded.