The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and re-assigned defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The Penguins also announced that they have placed defenseman Kris Letang on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Despres, 21, has appeared in 24 regular-season games this season for Pittsburgh, notching two goals, five assists and seven points while posting a plus-10 rating that places second among NHL rookies.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Despres has collected assists in each of his last two games with Pittsburgh. Despres has also been a plus or even player in 20 of his last 21 games (+14 during stretch).
Bortuzzo, who will remain a member of the Penguins’ 23-man roster during his conditioning assignment, has notched two points (1G-1A) and posted a plus-3 rating in 11 NHL games this season. He collected one goal, two assists, three points and 32 penalty minutes in 28 AHL games with WBS earlier this year.
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