WARSOFSKY TO PITTSBURGH; CORRADO BACK TO WILKES-BARRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman David Warsofsky from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman Frank Corrado has been re-assigned to WBS.

Warsofsky, 26, is the fifth-highest scoring blueliner in the AHL this year, having tallied 44 points (15G-29A) in 50 games. An AHL All-Star this year, his 15 goals rank second among league defensemen. Warsofsky also leads the entire AHL with a plus-31.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound native of Marshfield, Massachusetts has established AHL career highs across the board offensively. Warsofsky also skated in six NHL games with Pittsburgh earlier in the season.

Over the past two seasons, Warsofsky has dressed for 18 NHL games with Pittsburgh, scoring one goal, a power-play marker. In 38 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Boston, he has five points (2G-3A).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 24, when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home showing is on Sunday, Mar. 26 when they take on the Utica Comets for a 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinée and Kids Get In Free game.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS CORRADO, SUNDQVIST

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Frank Corrado and forward Oskar Sundqvist from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot has been re-assigned to WBS.

Corrado, 23, joined the Penguins organization via a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs back on March 1. Since then, he has skated in seven AHL contests with WBS, producing one assist and a plus-2.

Overall this season, the 6-foot, 205-pound blueliner has 13 points (1G-12A) in 25 AHL games with WBS and the Toronto Marlies. He also appeared in two NHL contests with the Maple Leafs earlier in the year.

Corrado originally broke into the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks as a 20 year old back in 2013, and since then he has played in 68 NHL games, recording eight points (3G-5A), over parts of five seasons. At the AHL level, Corrado has 52 points (14G-38A) and a plus-17 in 133 career appearances.

The Canucks chose Corrado in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from Toronto in exchange for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

Sundqvist, 22, skated in four games with Pittsburgh earlier this month, providing a key screen on Ian Cole‘s game-winning goal in Vancouver on March 11.

Since returning to WBS just prior to this past weekend, Sundqvist scored once in two games, giving him 17 goals and 40 points in 55 AHL games this year. His goal total ranks third on WBS.

Sundqvist has 57 points (22G-35A) and is plus-7 in 100 career AHL regular-season games with WBS. He has four points (1G-3A) in 22 career NHL contests with Pittsburgh.

Last spring, Sundqvist played in two NHL playoff games with Pittsburgh, earning a Stanley Cup ring and a day with the Cup last August.

Pouliot has 18 points (6+12) in 35 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  He recorded a career-best four points (1+3) on March 10 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

It’s a busy seven day span for the Penguins, who will host the Hartford WolfPack at home on Tuesday night before a three-in-three weekend.  The Pens will play in Syracuse Friday and Allentown Saturday, before returning home to face the Utica Comets on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s game is another KIDS FREE Sunday. Fans ages 14 and younger can get into the game for free with a paid adult ticket. Plus we’ll have $2 hot dogs throughout the game, and a free postgame skating session (skates not included).

For more info or to purchase tickets, call the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

DI PAULI LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN TO ACTION

 


It’s been more than three months since Thomas Di Pauli last laced up his skates in a game for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  So you could forgive the first-year forward if he was a little reticent at practice on Friday morning.

“Keep it simple here,” laughed Di Pauli.  “I’ve been out of commission for a while.”

The thing is, Di Pauli wasn’t talking about his skating or stick handling being rusty.  Rather he was cautioning the assembled media members who had gathered to pepper him with questions on his imminent return to the lineup.

It’s been a frustrating start to a career for the 22-year old Di Pauli.  The highly-touted scorer out of Notre Dame signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins over the summer, and figured to be a big part of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offense headed into the 2016-17 season.  But a back injury in training camp delayed his pro debut for nearly a month, and he appeared in just eight games before suffering a lower body injury on November 26 against Bridgeport.

 

Di Pauli rejoined his teammates at practice this week, and is a good bet to see his first action of the new year Saturday night when the Penguins travel to face the Hershey Bears.

 

“Obviously these three, couple of months have been pretty hard.  But I’ve worked hard…to get back as soon as possible,” he said after practice at the Toyota SportsPlex this morning.  “I feel great out there.  It’s nice to be back out there, full contact, skating around with the guys.”

 

The re-introduction of Di Pauli to the Penguins lineup is just as good as – if not better than – the Penguins acquiring a forward at the trade deadline according to head coach Clark Donatelli.

“We’re glad to get a fresh pair of legs in the lineup,” said Donatelli.  “He was playing well when he got hurt.

“He’s an energy guy, he can kill penalties.  He’s really hard on pucks.  So we’re expecting him to go out there and play like he was playing before. He can bring some energy, get in on offense.”

Di Pauli, who was skating on a line with Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald at practice Friday, also said he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder after missing so much time this season.

“I’m definitely going to be out there to try to prove something, to management, to the team, to some of the guys.  I mean, a lot of these guys have been playing hockey, pro hockey, for a lot of years,” he said.  “This is my first year, so I feel like I have to prove something to the team that has been playing so well while I’ve been out.”

NOTES:  Frank Corrado, acquired by the Penguins at the trade deadline from the Toronto Maple Leafs, has yet to arrive in Wilkes-Barre due to immigration issues.  Donatelli was waiting to hear about the defenseman’s status as of noon on Friday.  If his paperwork isn’t approved this weekend, he could make his Penguins debut during the team’s three-game homestand next week.

“I hear good things [about Corrado],” Donatelli said.  “He’s a right side defenseman, he moves the puck.  He should fit in well with our style of play.

“We think he’s going to help us.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

DEADLINE DEALS, HEALTHY PLAYERS COULD HELP WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

Frank Corrado was acquired from Toronto on March 1.

The National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone, and a handful of moves made by the Pittsburgh Penguins could pay dividends in Wilkes-Barre.

Pittsburgh made a pair of trades on Wednesday afternoon, acquiring Mark Street from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round draft pick in 2018, and sending Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and 2017 fourth round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Fran Corrado.

Corrado, a 23-year old puck-moving blueliner, was immediately assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, giving the AHL Penguins another offensive threat.

Pittsburgh also reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who has 13 points and a plus-15 rating in 47 games with the AHL club this season.

Additionally, Pittsburgh made a series of ‘paper transactions’ at the deadline, reassigning Carter Rowney, Jake Guentzel, and Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre and quickly recalling them.  Those moves make that trio eligible to suit up for the AHL Penguins during the remainder of the regular season and the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Those reinforcements could prove significant in the long run, as could the imminent returns of a pair of Penguins skaters.

Forward Thomas Di Pauli appeared in just eight games at the start of the season before suffering a long-term injury on November 26.  the highly-touted scorer out of Notre Dame has been practicing with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this week, and could return to game action as soon as this weekend.

And Garrett Wilson was in the midst of a career-year when he suffered an upper body injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Valentine’s Day.  His return seems to be a little further away, but add his double-digit goal scoring into an already formidable lineup, and the Penguins could receive a late-season infusion of offense.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS ACQUIRE CORRADO FROM TORONTO


The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Frank Corrado from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Corrado will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

In a separate move, Pittsburgh has reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Corrado, 23, has 12 points (1G-11A) and is plus-6 in 18 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies this year. He has also suited up for two NHL games with Toronto.

The 6-foot, 205-pound blueliner has eight points (3G-5A) in 69 career NHL games split between Toronto and the Vancouver Canucks.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Corrado was chosen in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by Vancouver. In parts of six AHL seasons, he has 51 points (14G-37A) in 126 games.

Gaunce has picked up two assists in six games with Pittsburgh this season.At the AHL level with WBS, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gaunce has 13 points (2G-11A) and is plus-15 in 47 games.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Mar. 4, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.