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Penguins Recall Kasper Bjorkqvist



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Kasper Bjorkqvist is back with the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to GM Ron Hextall, the team recalled the winger on Wednesday morning.

Bjorkqvist played six games for the NHL club from Jan. 2-13. and scored his first NHL goal against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 2. He also joined a unique club of six Pittsburgh Penguins who scored a goal in their first game. Brian Boyle, Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, Brock McGinn, and Radim Zohorna are the others.

This season, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound forward has appeared in 33 games for the WBS Penguins. He has six points, including four goals. Injuries have derailed much of Bjorkqvist’s professional career. He played only 44 career AHL games in three seasons and recorded eight points (6-2-8).

Because of COVID, he spent last season in Finland with KooKoo of Liiga. He played college hockey at Providence under head coach Nate Leahman. Kasper Bjorkqvist was the Penguins’ 2016 second-round choice (61st overall).

On Monday, the Penguins activated Drew O’Connor from the LTIR, then sent him and Radim Zohorna back to the WBS Penguins. The NHL did away with the taxi squad after the All-Star break.

The Penguins host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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2 months ago

Believe he has been playing on 4th line at WBS or at least was in the games where I saw line list. Seems like an interesting call up–considering the middle lines seem to be where there is more need for a bit of a shuffle/spark and he would seem likely to slot into 4th (if needed–does make sense if you are getting ready to reunite Buzzsaw line and elevate Reese from 4th but doesn’t sound like Blueger is ready). I hear a lot of chatter about adding guys at deadline–but if we don’t have guys we feel confident about calling… Read more »

2 months ago

Why? Did I see ZAR was absent from practice the other day? Is this insurance in case ZAR can’t go next game?

2 months ago

When does Alex Nylander get his opportunity?

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