The Pittsburgh Penguins probably disappointed some fans on Monday when the team demoted Radim Zohorna to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The team also activated second-year pro Drew O’Connor from LTIR and assigned him to WBS, too.
Also, defenseman Mark Friedman was assigned to WBS on a conditioning assignment.
Friedman, 25, has appeared in 12 games for the Penguins this season and notched four assists. The right-handed defenseman has played in 28 career NHL games since his debut in 2018-19 and has eight points (2-6-8). Friedman was claimed by the Penguins off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 24, 2021.
Drew O’Connor, 23, has played 20 games in the NHL this season with three goals and two assists. He also scored five points in five games with the WBS Penguins. In 25 career AHL games, all with WBS, O’Connor has recorded 10 goals, 14 assists, and 24 points.
Radim Zohorna, 25, has played in eight games with Pittsburgh this year, recording one goal, one assist, and a plus-5. The forward has also skated in 23 games for WBS this season, recording five goals, five assists, and 10 points.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward played his first season in North America in 2020-21, splitting time between Pittsburgh, the WBS Penguins, and the Penguins’ taxi squad. In 12 career NHL games, Zohorna has six points (3-3-6) and a plus-8.