The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Joseph Blandisi Friday from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an emergency basis, according to GM Jim Rutherford. Blandisi is the fourth player recalled by the Penguins on an emergency basis after injuries to Evgeni Malkin, Alex Galchenyuk, Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad.
The Penguins sent recent emergency recall Andrew Agozzino back to the WBS Penguins. Agozzino played less than two minutes on Thursday against Anaheim and did not dress Tuesday against Winnipeg.
The Penguins acquired Blandisi from Anaheim last December in exchange for depth forward Derek Grant. Blandisi played six games for the Penguins and was scoreless. He spent the rest of the season at WBS of the AHL.
Blandisi scored 20 points (9g, 11a) in 27 games last for the WBS Penguins last season. This season he played in one game and earned two penalty minutes. Blandisi played one preseason game for the Penguins and had one blocked shot.
From the Pittsburgh Penguins press release:
Blandisi has played in parts of four seasons in the NHL, hitting career highs during his rookie season in 2015-16 with New Jersey in games played (41), goals (5), assists (12) and points (17).
In parts of four seasons in the AHL with Albany, San Diego, Binghamton and WBS, Blandisi has totaled 120 points (42G-78A) in 159 games while also being named an AHL All-Star in ’16-17 while with Albany.