Chirps from Center Ice

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

Macaroni and Fish

Roster moves announced this morning by Coal Street.

Matia Marcantuoni is back and he’s bringing Sahir Gill with him. The Penguins added Gill via professional tryout agreement (PTO).

When Marcantuoni was sent down, his impact was immediate. He scored a hat trick on November 7 against Evansville. He has a total of 10 points (4-6-10) in 11 games. Given the mass recalls of Penguins forwards to Pittsburgh, Marcantuoni’s recall was imminent.

Gill is a different story. He yo-yo’ed with Hamilton last season and has only appeared in just one AHL game. He is second on the Wheeling Nailers in points (4-10-14) and led the team in points last season with 54. Digging a bit deeper into Gill’s stats finds that he has a goal and three assists on the power play for Wheeling this season. Those four points on the power play would actually put him in a tie for third on the Penguins among active leaders on the power play. He could be a big help, if given the opportunity.

So, bottom line, it boils off as a win-win for everybody. The Penguins are getting two excellent players from their ECHL affiliate, including one in Gill that can help a 22nd ranked Wilkes-Barre power play. In Gill’s case, he’s getting what would appear to be his shot at the AHL.

One more thing. The Penguins didn’t make a recall for defense. I don’t really think they will need to unless there is a recall made by Pittsburgh. If Taylor Chorney isn’t ready, Nick D’Agostino could slot in.

We will see. Should be an interesting weekend.

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