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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
46 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
With the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins opening up camp Saturday morning on Coal Street, the Penguins announced their roster of players who will be attending.
I also had a case of, “open mouth, insert foot” when I saw the roster…
Forwards (14) – Josh Archibald, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Nick Drazenovic, Tom Kostopoulos, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matia Marcantuoni, Patrick McGrath, Tyler Murovich, Adam Payerl, Carter Rowney, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson and Anton Zlobin
Defensemen (7) – Alex Boak, Nick D’Agostino, Barry Goers, Jonathan Narbonne, Harrison Ruopp, Kevin Ryan and Clark Seymour
Goaltenders (3) – Eric Hartzell, Matt Murray and Nolan Schaefer
Yep. Nolan Schaefer, who played with the Penguins back in the 2006-07 season, then toiled around with a few AHL teams before heading to Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League. Fantastic. More nostalgia….
Until I saw his numbers last year. Depending on what site you want to believe on games played (my go to’s are Elite Prospects and / or HockeyDB) Schaefer played either 27 or 50 games and had a 2.11 goals against and a 0.938 save percentage. Stellar numbers.
Now will Schaefer be more like he was last year or the year prior, where he had a 3.45 GAA and a 0.895 SV%? Who knows.
One thing may be for certain, the Penguins have found their safety net in case Jeff Zatkoff or Thomas Greiss don’t make it through waivers. I’ll take a tandem of Zatkoff-Schaefer right now.
Or they may still be searching. As I was putting the finishing touches to this blog entry, reader Jason L. tweeted in this article about Schaefer’s desire to play in Switzerland which I found interesting, to say the least.
The other names are two young defensemen, Kevin Ryan and Jonathan Narbonne, who both played in the ECHL last season.
No surprises up front other than Tyler Murovich, who we knew was getting an invite to camp last weekend.
Should be an interesting camp and an interesting next couple of weeks as the walk up to the October 11 opener with Lehigh Valley.
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