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Penguins Recall Lafferty, Agozzino In Wake Of Injuries



Sam Lafferty Pittsburgh Penguins
Sam Lafferty

As expected, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday recalled two forwards from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League — Sam Lafferty and Andrew Agozzino.

The move comes as centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad were placed on injured reserve because of lower body injuries that coach Mike Sullivan said would keep them out “longer term.”

It’s not yet known how the forward lines might shake out Tuesday when the Winnipeg Jets visit PPG Paints Arena.

Here is the 411 on the two call-ups from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ news release:

Lafferty, from nearby Hollidaysburg, PA, will be looking to make his NHL debut on Tuesday, October 8 when the Penguins host the Winnipeg Jets at PPG Paints Arena.

In his first full professional season with WBS in 2018-19, the 24-year old led the team with 36 assists while ranking second in overall scoring with 49 points. In 80 career AHL games, Lafferty has recorded 14 goals, 38 assists and 52 points.

Prior to his professional debut in 2018, Lafferty played four years of college hockey at Brown University. He posted 29 goals, 50 assists and 79 points in 124 career contests for Brown, while leading the team in scoring during the 2017 and ‘18 seasons. He also served as an alternate captain for Brown during his final two seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Lafferty was drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Agozzino, 28, signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh as a free agent on July 1. Prior to the start of the season, he was named an alternate captain for WBS and made his WBS debut in Saturday’s win against Hershey.

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound forward spent the previous two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche organization, primarily playing with their AHL affiliate. As an alternate captain in 2018-19 with the Colorado Eagles, the forward skated in 56 games and recorded team highs in goals (26), assists (34) and points (60). Agozzino also played in 11 games with the Avalanche last season, recording one goal and one assist.

The Kleinburg, ON native has 21 games of NHL experience, all with the Colorado Avalanche, split between three seasons (2014-15, ’15-16 and ’18-19). He has recorded one goal, four assists and five points during his NHL career, with his first NHL goal coming last year on Feb. 18 vs. Vegas.

The undrafted Agozzino began his professional career by signing with Colorado as a free agent in 2013.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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