WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed goaltender Alex D’Orio and forward Jan Drozg to amateur tryout agreements for the 2017-18 season.
D’Orio, 18, just completed his second season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League. In his rookie season during 2016-17, D’Orio helped the Sea Dogs win the QMJHL championship and clinch a spot in the 2017 Memorial Cup Tournament. During his 28-game rookie campaign, D’Orio posted a 2.40 goals against average, a .903 save percentage, one shutout and a 19-2-2 record. D’Orio ended his most recent season with a 4.01 goals against average and a .895 save percentage amassed over (44) games as the Sea Dogs’ number one goaltender.
After going undrafted in 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins invited the goaltender from Sherbrooke, Québec to the 2017 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, New York. D’Orio started all three games for the Penguins’ prospects during the tournament, going 2-0-1 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against en route to he and his teammates finishing with the event’s best record.
Pittsburgh inked D’Orio to a three-year, entry-level contract on September 13, 2017.
Drozg was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The forward who will turn 19-years-old on Sunday, Apr. 1 just finished his first season of North American hockey playing for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. In the 61 games of the Slovenia native’s rookie season, Drozg led the team in assists (34) and points (50).
Prior to being drafted by the Penguins, Drozg played junior hockey in Sweden for Leksands. The Leksands junior program has produced current NHL talent such as Victor Rask and Filip Forsberg, as well as former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Niclas Andersén.
The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday Mar. 28, when they host the Providence Bruins. Puck drop between the Penguins and P-Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for the final five home games of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 19th season of hockey are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.