With the amount of injuries the Pittsburgh Penguins’ have endured so far this season, the players’ that have been called-up have really stepped in effortlessly.
From forwards’ Brian Gibbons to Jayson Megna, to defenseman Simon Despres, the Pens’ have tremendous depth and it’s really starting to show.
Each skater that’s been promoted to the big leagues has transitioned exceptionally, and a lot of that has to do with how well Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens’ head coach John Hynes prepares them.
Recently recalled forward Andrew Ebbett condones Hynes and the WBS staff as great teachers:
“Coach Hynes does a great job down there gettin’ everyone ready. It’s been probably the hardest practices I’ve been a part of down in the minors. So, he has everyone ready and I think its shown with the guys’ that have come up this year – they’ve done a really good job.”
It seems as though the Pens’ have used the injured reserve countless times just a couple months into the season. With forward Beau Bennett and defenseman Paul Martin placed on IR with long-term ailments, forward Evgeni Malkin is now out with a lower-body injury and forward Pascal Dupuis left last night’s game with an undisclosed problem.
When it appears that the team is fully healthy, the injuries commence to pile-up once again – in bunches. But the fact that the team still continues to win even without all those high-profiled players is remarkable. Not only the WBS’ coaching staff, but the Pens’ front office – notably General Manager Ray Shero – have done a fantastic job at rounding up all these skaters.
Although there will be nights where the call-ups’ won’t produce a point, their contributions toward the forecheck and setting the tone for how the game’s going to be played has been admirable. If the team was unable to put out a formidable lineup, after suffering so many ailments, perhaps winning games would become difficult to achieve.
Regardless, at this rate, if the Pens’ continue to lose players at the pace they’re going, that ability to win games could very well become a rarity. However, as of now, players from WBS have stepped up to the plate and given the team arguably more than they probably would have anticipated.