Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

First Round of Cuts

Pittsburgh trimmed its roster today to 37 players Wednesday afternoon. From the release…..

The Penguins assigned 13 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL): goaltenders Matt Murray and Eric Hartzell; forwards Scott Wilson, Josh Archibald, Anton Zlobin, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Matia Marcantuoni, Tom Kuhnhackl, Adam Payerl, Bryan Rust and Nick Drazenovic; and defensemen Nick D’Agostino and Harrison Ruopp.

Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been assigned to his junior team, the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League – the defending WHL and Memorial Cup champions.

Four players – forwards Tom Kostopoulos and Conor Sheary and defensemen Alex Boak and Clark Seymour – have been released from their tryout contracts and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s training camp.

I’m actually surprised that guys like Bobby Farnham and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond made it through the first round of cuts.

Players that did time in Wilkes-Barre last year that remain with Pittsburgh are Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, Reid McNeill and Scott Harrington on the blueline. Forwards with Wilkes-Barre last year still with Pittsburgh include the aforementioned Farnham and Leblond, Andrew Ebbett, Jayson Megna, Zach Sill and Dominik Uher. Kasperi Kapanen and Oskar Sundqvist stay with Pittsburgh, but if they get cut, I don’t think a ride to Wilkes-Barre is in their future. They may be Europe bound.

Wilkes-Barre opens camp this weekend. Details and schedule of events here.

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