It didn’t last long, and it didn’t result in game action. The Pittsburgh Penguins re-assigned top prospect P.O. Joseph to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday. The move is an indication that defenseman Mike Matheson is healthy enough to rejoin the lineup.
Matheson skated in the morning skate on Saturday but also skated with skills coach Ty Hennes earlier Saturday morning. Skating with the skills coach is one of the steps of getting back into the lineup. However, Matheson was not yet ready to play on Saturday night.
Matheson has not yet played this season after he apparently tweaked a nagging injury during the morning skate last Tuesday and did not play in the season opener in Tampa Bay.
From the Pittsburgh Penguins release:
Joseph, 22, attended Pittsburgh’s training camp and played in three preseason games.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman played 16 games for Pittsburgh in his first NHL season in 2020-21, tallying one goal, four assists and five points. Joseph notched a point (assist) in his NHL debut on January 22 against the New York Rangers and later registered a three-point mark (3A) against the Rangers on January 30. The Laval, Quebec native also skated in 23 games for WBS this season, recording 13 points (1G-12A).
Joseph turned pro with the WBS Penguins in 2019-20, recording 17 points (3G-14A) in 52 games. In total, Joseph has accumulated 30 points (4G-26A) in 75 career AHL games.
The Penguins return to action on Tuesday, October 19th against the Dallas Stars at PPG Paints Arena. Tuesday night is ‘Mike Lange Night’, where the retired hall-of-fame broadcaster will be the guest of honor. In-game tributes and video memories will be shared throughout the game in honor of Lange’s retirement.