PENGUINS ADD FOUR DEFENSEMEN

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defensemen Niclas Almari and Connor Hall to amateur tryout contracts for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Additionally, defenseman Kevin Schulze has signed a professional tryout agreement with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and the Penguins have recalled defenseman Ryan Segalla.

Almari split his first pro season between HPK Hämeenlinna (Liiga) and Lempäälän Kisa (Mestis) in Finland. During that time, he earned four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 47 games. He also won the Legacy Bowl with HPK’s junior club as Jr. A SM-liiga champions on Apr. 1, 2017. The 18-year-old blueliner from Espoo, Finland was taken in the fifth round (151st overall) of this past summer’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hall, a third round pick (77th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after his second season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The six-foot-four defenseman appeared in 17 games with the Rangers this season before he underwent shoulder surgery in December. In 64 career OHL games, Hall has earned three goals, nine assists, 12 points and 95 penalty minutes.

Schulze led the Nailers this season with 47 assists and tied current Penguin Cody Wydo for the team lead in points (60). The rookie out of the University of Wisconsin was the only defenseman in the ECHL to lead his team in points at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Segalla, who is also playing in his first season of pro hockey, made his AHL debut in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 4-0 win at Lehigh Valley on Mar. 25, 2017. In one AHL game, the Hanover, Mass. native did not earn any points. The 22-year-old has posted three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 62 games with the Nailers this season.

Segalla was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Apr. 12, the last of 12 season meetings between the Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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.

PENGUINS NOTEBOOK – COMINGS AND GOINGS


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins locker room at the Toyota Sportsplex should have a revolving door installed with all of the player movement that has been going on lately.  From March 2-29, no fewer than 35 transactions involving the AHL Penguins were made.

That number grew by four on Thursday, March 30.

With the improved health of several NHL regulars finally going their way, the Pittsburgh Penguins reassigned defenseman David Warsofsky, as well as forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The trio returns to NEPA just as the Pens are beginning an extremely busy final three weeks of the regular season, with back-to-back three-in-three weekends on the schedule.

With Warsofsky returning to the fold, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reassigned defenseman Ryan Segalla to the Wheeling Nailers.

A NEW FACE

Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Penguins inked 2014 draft pick Jeff Taylor to a two-year contract which starts next season.  A product of Union College, Taylor then signed a PTO (professional tryout) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and hit the practice ice with the club for the first time on Wednesday.

A skilled blueliner, Taylor led all Union defensemen and was fifth overall on the team with 33 points (9+24) during his senior season.  It was somewhat of a bounce back season for the native of Clifton Park, NY, who posted just 12 points (2+10) in 36 games last year.

“My junior season I struggled a little bit, I was trying to work on a few different things,” he said.  “It was just a growing year, a building year.  I’m glad I had it and I’m glad I got better from it.”

Head coach Clark Donatelli liked what he saw from the new signee following his first practice session with the Pens.

“He looked good out there,” Donatelli stated.  “He’s  a puck moving defenseman.  I know him a little bit from development camp over the last few years.”

Donatelli said Taylor would likely feature in one of the Penguins three games over the weekend, but wasn’t looking to put too much pressure on the newcomer.

“We’re not going to expect too much from him.  We just want him to go out there, get his feet wet, get a couple of games under his belt first,” he said.

BACK IN ACTION

While Taylor will see his first action ever, Garrett Wilson will likely see his first action in a month and a half, after being cleared to return to the lineup.

Wilson suffered a shoulder injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 14, and has been sidelined ever since.  He skated in warmups for the Penguins last weekend, but figures to get his first taste of game action since the injury on Friday night.

“I think I definitely could have played last weekend,” Wilson said.  “I knew I didn’t want to rush it.  We still had a bit of time before playoffs.  The severity of the separation, they wanted to give it a little extra time to make sure it really healed.”

Wilson used the past week of practice to see how his body would react to being banged about a bit, and from all reports he’s come out in good shape.

“I knew once I started hitting, using a lot of contact with it, it was going to make it pretty sore,” he said.  “I got the contact in practice now, so I tried it against the boys a couple times.  It feels pretty good. Hopefully it won’t change my game too much.”

The news wasn’t so good for defenseman Stuart Percy, who underwent surgery earlier this week and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs according to Donatelli.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for a pair of games this weekend against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Saturday at 7:05pm) and Utica Comets (Sunday at 3:05pm). Sunday’s game is a KIDS FREE contest, with fans ages 14 and younger able to attend the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.

Tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7267.

PENGUINS REASSIGN RYAN SEGALLA TO NAILERS

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned defenseman Ryan Segalla to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Segalla, playing in his first season of pro hockey, made his AHL debut in the Penguins’ 4-0 win at Lehigh Valley on Mar. 25, 2017. In one AHL game, the Hanover, Mass. native did not earn any points. The 22-year-old defenseman has posted three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 57 games with the Nailers this season.

Segalla was drafted in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 31 when it travels to Mass Mutual Center for the team’s last match-up of the season with the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Apr. 1, and their opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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.

SEGALLA EXCITED TO GET THE CALL

Ryan Segalla and the Wheeling Nailers wrapped up a thrilling, 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Elmira Jackals on Wednesday night just across the PA-NY border.

Twelve hours later, Segalla was on the ice in Wilkes-Barre, taking part in his first regular season practice as a member of the Penguins.

The rookie defenseman was recalled by the AHL club after the Nailers’ game against Elmira, which finished up at about 9:30pm last night.  Just about three hours later, he was checking into a hotel in Luzerne County.

“It’s been pretty exciting.  Coach pulled me aside [after the game] and said ‘Congratulations, you’re going up,’” said the 22-year old Segalla, who made the trip to NEPA with Wheeling teammate Brett Stern, who was signed to a third pro tryout contract by the Penguins on Thursday morning.  “We just hopped in a car and drove up here. Got here about 12:45.”

Selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL draft, Segalla spent three years at the University of Connecticut, where he recorded 21 points (3+18) in 86 games with the Huskies over three seasons.

Segalla, who has 10 points (3+7) in 56 games with the Nailers this season, knows what’s expected of him at the next level.

“You have to find a way to help your team produce,” he said.  “I have to play hard in the corners, just keep it simple, make the first outlet pass, just play defense.”

NOTES:  Forward Garrett Wilson, who has been out of the lineup since suffering an injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 14, returned to practice with the team today, although he was sporting a red no ‘no contact’ jersey…The AHL puts out a daily Playoff Primer, which shows upcoming schedules for all teams, who is in playoff position and who is not, magic number to clinch a playoff spot and other variables.  This season the league is including a Strength of Schedule column, which shows the combined points percentage of all remaining opponents for any team.  According to the AHL, the Penguins have the third-toughest remaining schedule in the league at .589.  They trail only the Hartford WolfPack (.605), who has already been eliminated from playoff contention, and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (.619).  The Pens and Phantoms meet five more times over the last month of the season, starting with a home and home this weekend.

PENGUINS RECALL RYAN SEGALLA, SIGN BRETT STERN TO PTO

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled defenseman Ryan Segalla and signed defenseman Brett Stern to a professional tryout agreement. Both Segalla and Stern come to the Penguins from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Segalla, playing in his first season of pro hockey, has posted three goals and 7 assists for 10 points in 56 games with the Nailers. The Hanover, Mass. native signed an American Hockey League contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following three seasons at the University of Connecticut.

Segalla was drafted in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Stern made his AHL debut earlier this season as a member of the Penguins on Monday, Jan. 16 at Syracuse, and went on to appear in four games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton throughout the month of January. He later played in two more games with the Penguins on a second PTO in February. The 25-year-old second year pro earned no points and no penalty minutes in that time.

Stern has played in 45 games with Wheeling this season, posting six goals and 18 assists for 24 points, as well as a plus-two rating. Last year, Stern finished the season with seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, the second-highest total among Wheeling defensemen.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 17, when it travels down the turnpike to Allentown to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Mar. 18, and once again they’ll face the Phantoms.

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.

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN RYAN SEGALLA

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Ryan Segalla to an American Hockey League contract for the 2016-17 season. Furthermore, Segalla and six other players have been reassigned at the conclusion of Penguins training camp.

Segalla, 21, spent the past three seasons with the University of Connecticut. The Rockland, Mass. native scored three goals and had 18 assists for 21 points in his collegiate career, and he led the Huskies in penalty minutes twice (2013-14; 2014-15).

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Segalla in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, N.J.

Forwards Miloš Bubela, Gage Quinney and Cody Wydo, as well as defenseman Brett Stern, have been released from their tryout agreements with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and will report to the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Segalla, defenseman Michael Webster and forward Christian Hilbrich, have also been loaned to Wheeling by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Following today’s moves, the Penguins’ roster has now been reduced to 24 players.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is the 2016-17 season opener on Saturday, Oct. 15 against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time for the Penguins’ season opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.