Since the Penguins are so short handed, they have been dipping into the Minors to fill the Roster. I figured it would be a good time to Break down the Baby Pen’s to see what is left after all the call up’s.
Wilkes Barre right now carries a record of 14-7-1-4. It has been difficult to keep any real momentum on this team or continuity with the Big Club plucking all of the talented. Though here are 4 players that are currently standing out through the first 26 games.
Erik Tangradi - 10 goals and 8 assists
Bryan Lerg 10 goals and 10 assists
Colin McDonald 6 goals and 14 assists
Ben Street 8 goals and 11 assists
Tangradi has extended playing time with the Penguins Big Club throughout last season because the Injury bug is not a new thing to this Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pen’s suffered massive injuries last year also with the losses as we know of Crosby and Malkin just to name a couple. Here are a few players, OKAY a little more than a few, that started in Wilkes Barre that are now in Pittsburgh.
Steve McIntyre-Currently playing with Pittsburgh
Brian Strait-currently Playing with pittsburgh
Alexandre Picard-Currently playing with Pittsburgh
Simon Depres- Currently playing with Pittsburgh
Jason Williams - came up over the weekend, now back down.
Robert Bortuzzo – brought up to replace a player with a concussion, suffered one of his own
As you can see from this list, The Baby Penguins are now depleted, so then they had to go Down Down on the Farm. Mario and His ownership group own the Wheeling Nailer’s from the ECHL also. The Wilkes Barre team just called up Peter Merth from Wheeling on a 25 game tryout, and also Chris Bartin, whom was leading all ECHL rookies with 24 points, 15 goals.
Brad Thiessen and Scott Monroe are more than holding their own with this group of players being shuffled around, in, and out. What really helps all the organizations work together this fluidly, is the fact that they all play the same style of offense and defense.
They draft to fit this system. Why do they do that you ask? So they can shuffle players in and out like they are with out a major drop in play. They are a stronger team with Letang and Michalek for example, both on the ice, but being able to move people up and then plugging in valuable people in the open slots and lines below and not have the skill level drop that much is a real testament to what this coaching staff has been able to accomplish.