PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled winger Garrett Wilson from the WBS Penguins, Saturday. Wilson was scoreless in four games with the Penguins earlier this month, though he helped stabilize the Penguins fourth line with Matt Cullen and Zach-Aston Reese.
The call-up signals one or both of Patric Hornqvist and Derek Grant will be unavailable as the Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at PPG Paints Arena. Hornqvist missed the third period in Boston last night, after sustaining a crumpling hit late in the second period.
Grant also missed the game due to injury and has been classified as day-to-day. The Penguins did not announce a corresponding demotion, as Wilson will be the 23rd roster player. However, the Penguins have carried only 22 players this season.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan will address the media at 5 p.m. and further updates could be provided.
Wilson, 27, averaged 7:36 of ice time in his four-game Penguins stint. In 38 career NHL games (34 with Florida), Wilson is scoreless. This season, in 12 games with the WBS Penguins, Wilson has 11 points (6g, 5a) and 34 penalty minutes. Last season, Wilson set career highs with WBS, including 42 points and 139 penalty minutes.
The Penguins current injury list has grown to include defenseman Justin Schultz who is on long-term IR with a broken leg, Matt Cullen is on IR with a lower body injury, and goaltender Matt Murray was also placed on IR, Thursday with a lower body injury. It seems possible Hornqvist could join that list.
The Penguins (8-8-4) remain in last place of the Metro Division after their 2-1 OT loss in Boston, Friday.