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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The AHL trade deadline came and went today. For the East Division, one team made a move.
Hershey acquired Kris Newbury from Adirondack in exchange for Derek Whitmore. For Whitmore, he’ll finally get to play as he’s been a scratch for the Bears. For Newbury, a chance to win with a contender. Newbury was second on the Phantoms in scoring.
Acquiring Newbury doesn’t solve the Bears veteran situation, either.
The Penguins, Senators, Admirals and Crunch went about their Wednesday and didn’t make any moves.
For Wilkes-Barre, they sent Tom Kuhnhackl and Harrison Ruopp back to Wheeling and retained G Eric Hartzell. Turns out that WBS had their goaltending coach in town and wanted Hartzell along with Jeff Deslauriers and Peter Mannino all on the ice for instruction.
One other piece of news, WBS signed Conor Sheary to an amateur tryout contract today. Sheary captained the UMass Minutemen and led them in points (9-19-28) this season. He’s signed to an AHL deal for next season, too.
So you are wondering what type of player the undrafted Sheary is. So am I. Thankfully, I didn’t have to look far:
A lot of people have asked me about Conor Sheary today. I equate him with Brian Gibbons. Small, hard worker. Didn't notice him much, really.—
Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) March 12, 2014
I really don’t excited for kids coming out of junior or college because it’s a totally different game, playing with men. Take ex-Penguin Casey Pierro-Zabotel for example. He comes over from leading the Western Hockey League in points in 08-09 and joins the Penguins. He goes on to play 9 games, registering one assist. He was sent to the ECHL and has never been seen again.
Reasonable expectation for Sheary is maybe a game in late March or mid-April or after the Penguins have clinched a playoff spot.
Next update here will likely be the Gameday setup for the Friday home game vs. Hamilton.