Alex Nylander’s bid to start the regular season with the Pittsburgh Penguins appears to have failed.
He is one of three forwards — Andreas Johnsson and Joonas Koppanen are the others — who have been placed on waivers, presumably with the intention of assigning them to the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre if they are not claimed by another team by Friday afternoon.
The Penguins also sent a half-dozen players directly to Wilkes-Barre. They are forwards Sam Poulin, Rem Pitlick, Valtteri Puustinen and Avery Hayes and defensemen Ty Smith and Xavier Ouellet.
Pitlick, Smith and Ouellet cleared waivers earlier in camp, and thus do not have to go through them again now.
Nylander had one point, a goal, in three preseason games this fall. Johnsson and Koppanen also appeared in three games each, but neither recorded a point.
The moves today leave the Penguins with 36 players still in camp, including Nylander, Johnsson and Koppanen, who do not have to be demoted if they clear waivers (although they almost certainly would be). That total includes 18 forwards, nine defensemen, four goaltenders and five players who are listed as injured.