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Not Yet: Poulin, Legare, Joseph assigned to WBS, Penguins Trim Roster



Pittsburgh Penguins prospects Pierre-Olivier Joseph

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made their training camp roster even smaller, reducing the size to 29 players. Today, Penguins general manager Ron Hextall announced that Sam Poulin, Nathan Legare, Filip Hallander, Kasper Bjornqvist, and Pierre-Olivier Joseph were assigned to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

After being recalled yesterday for a preseason matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, Taylor Fedun, Valtteri Puustinen, Niclas Almari, and Jonathan Gruden have all been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre as well. 

With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin injured, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan deployed Brian Boyle, Radim Zohorna, Sam Lafferty, Anthony Angello, and Drew O’Connor at center in training camp and preseason. All five of these players remain on the NHL roster for now. 

O’Connor has impressed in preseason play with three goals, and Zohorna with one. Boyle remains signed to a professional tryout which he signed in September. All signs point towards him earning a contract with the Penguins.

The Penguins third pairing is still unsettled. Marcus Pettersson is the left-side defender, but the right side is still up for grabs. With P.O. Joseph out of the running, Jusso Riikola, Mark Friedman, and Chad Ruhwedel remain in the fight. Ruhwedel has taken the majority of ice with NHL regulars in the Penguin preseason games. 

Saturday in Columbus could be the final test for the combatants.

The Penguins have one preseason game remaining: Saturday in Columbus at 7:00 pm. The NHL roster is slowly but surely coming together for the Penguins. The team opens up regular-season play on October 12th against the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning will raise their second-consecutive Stanley Cup banner before the game against the Penguins before a national TV audience.

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Owen Krepps is a senior at Robert Morris University and an intern sportswriter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. He also writes for Colonial Sports Network, Pittsburgh Sports Now, RMU Sentry Media, Pittsburgh Sports Castle, and formerly Vegas Hockey Now and The Titusville Herald. He also runs his own YouTube channel by the name of Owen Krepps.

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1 year ago

Ruhwedel is great at fetching pucks and clearing them from his own zone, but he offers nothing offensively. Joseph’s flaws are no more than Ruhwedels, and his upside is tremendous.

Nothing like keeping talent out of the lineup.

Last edited 1 year ago by celilo
1 year ago

F**KING Sullivan with his doghouse players. Riikola was never given a chance. I hope he plays for someone in the metro and sticks it up the pens ass

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 year ago

He’s 27 years old. His place is in Pittsburgh. Cut the guy loose and let him sign on with another organ-i-sation. He’s never going to be given a chance here.