The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they have recalled Alex Nylander from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Nylander had a three-game run beside Evgeni Malkin in place of injured Rickard Rakell but didn’t make an impact, scoring no points. Nylander’s recall ended last week, but he might get another shot beginning Monday when the Penguins visit the Philadephia Flyers.
Coach Mike Sullivan was gentle but honest about why the Penguins ended Nylander’s first recall this season.
“I still think he’s a very young player,” Sullivan said. “I think Alex is a really talented player. I think the biggest thing he needs to do is to bring a certain element of consistency to his game and make an impact.”
Nylander did not have a point in three NHL games. He has 10 points (5-5-10) in 14 AHL games with the WBS Penguins this season.
Matt Nieto’s status necessitated the recall. The Penguins’ actions offered a partial update. The team placed him on the injured reserve.
Players on IR must be out for seven days. The team’s announcement did not specify if Nieto was retroactively placed on IR. He did not play in the Penguins 4-3 shootout loss to the Flyers on Saturday.