by Jonathan Sabatini
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their road swing with a Wednesday night game against the Toronto Marlies, but they’ll be without the hottest player in the AHL.
David Warsofsky, the recent winner of the CCM/AHL Player of the Week award, was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, days after netting two goals, including the game-winner, against the Hershey Bears in a 6-5 victory Sunday night at the Giant Center.
This will be Warsofsky’s third stint of the year with Pittsburgh. As coach Clark Donatelli puts it, Warsofsky is the kind of player who will be missed in the Penguins’ lineup.
“You don’t replace him,” said Donatelli before boarding the bus to Toronto to embark on a stretch of four road games in six days. “He’s a special player and a great talent.”
Warsofsky is currently in the middle of an eight-game point streak in which he has recorded four goals and eleven assists, and has recorded a point in thirteen of his last fourteen games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
However, Donatelli sees Warsofsky’s promotion to Pittsburgh as a chance for other players on the team to make their marks on a team which currently sits first in the AHL with a record of 25-7-3-0.
“This is the opportunity for some of our other guys to play and get more ice time. We’re happy to see that David is going up and we’re real happy that some other guys are going to get some more ice time down here, so it works both ways.”
“We feel we can handle that and set them up for success. We want to set them up for the best possibility to have success and be confident and play.”
The Penguins, who are riding a four-game win streak with wins against Hartford, Binghamton, and two against Hershey, are eager to get on the road and play a Toronto team which defeated them on home ice in November.
“We’re excited to get going and it’s always good to play Toronto,” said Donatelli. “It’s a good hockey club. Very talented and obviously very well coached. They’re always very good up top at home so we’re going to have to have our ‘A’ game and manage the puck.”
The road trip starts in Toronto on Wednesday night with games against Rochester and two against Syracuse following. Donatelli said it will be a challenge, but knows his guys will be ready to play when the puck drops.
“Those are some really good teams who are all very-well coached. It’s the consistency that keeps up sharp when we have to. We’ve gone through some times here now where we don’t play our ‘A’ game and we’re in trouble right away. As of right now, the consistency is pretty good and the leadership group in here is holding it together and the guys seem to be playing pretty good.”
NOTES: It was also announced Wednesday that goaltender Tristan Jarry has been reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/