Chirps from Center Ice

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

2016 Offseason Moves

In keeping up with the comings and goings in the offseason, below is a handy chart of the offseason moves for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, focusing on the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. As the summer goes on, this chart will be updated to reflect any signings and additions. Business won’t pick up until the end of the hockey season in mid-June and then it really picks up in the beginning of July when NHL free agency starts.

If you spot any errors or omissions, please let me know. Names included below are players known to Wilkes-Barre. Names like Matt Murray or Derrick Pouliot aren’t included anymore because I consider those players graduated to full time NHL work.

Name

Position

Status

Notes

Niclas Andersen Defenseman Unrestricted Free Agent Signed with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) on June 2.
Josh Archibald Forward Under Contract The organization will want Archibald to contribute more in 2016-17.
Lukas Bengtsson Defenseman Under Contract Late addition by PIT. Swedish defenseman. Will probably spend some time with Wilkes-Barre in the Fall.
Teddy Blueger Forward Under Contract Will probably start the season in Wilkes-Barre and may actually see Wheeling depending on the offseason moves that the organization makes.
Tyler Biggs Forward Restricted Free Agent Injuries plagued Biggs, which limited him to 11 games. (not qualified by PIT)
J-S Dea Forward Under Contract An OK year for Dea, who will be looking to continue his development into a full time NHL player.
Casey DeSmith Goaltender Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (AHL) on July 5.
Tim Erixon Defenseman Restricted Free Agent Re-signed with Pittsburgh (NHL) June 27.
Sahir Gill Forward Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (AHL) July 7.
Barry Goers Defenseman Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (AHL) on July 8.
Jake Guentzel Forward Under Contract Dazzled in the postseason, leading the WBS Penguins in points scored. If he maintains this pace into 2016-17, will be fun to watch.
Tristan Jarry Goaltender Under Contract Projected to be #1 in WBS in the Fall, but with the meteoric ascension of DeSmith, is that a conclusion?
Dustin Jeffrey Forward Unrestricted Free Agent Signed with Lausanne (NLA) June 3.
Tom Kostopoulos Forward Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (AHL) May 24.
Adam Krause Forward Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (AHL) on July 6.
Ty Loney Forward Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Signed with Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) August 25.
Sean Maguire Goaltender Under Contract Depends on what the organization does in the Summer. If they re-sign DeSmith or some other G, Maguire is Wheeling bound in the Fall.
John McCarron Forward Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Signed with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) August 16.
Patrick McGrath Forward Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (AHL) August 9.
Reid McNeill Defenseman Under Contract Make or break year for McNeill coming up.
James Melindy Defenseman Restricted Free Agent Signed with Wichita Thunder (ECHL) August 16.
Kael Mouillierat Forward Unrestricted Free Agent Signed with Lulea (Swiss League) July 21.
Dan O’Donoghue Forward Restricted Free Agent See James Melindy. (not qualified by PIT)
Will O’Neill Defenseman Unrestricted Free Agent Signed with Philadelphia (NHL) July 1.
Steve Oleksy Defenseman Unrestricted Free Agent Re-signed with Pittsburgh (NHL) July 1.
Ryan Parent Defenseman Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Probably the most underrated signing WBS made all season.
Mattias Plachta Forward Restricted Free Agent Signed with Adler Mannheim (DEL) on June 30.
Ethan Prow Defenseman Under Contract Potential is there for Prow. May be 5th or 6th defenseman here or be a Wheeling option.
Carter Rowney Forward Under Contract Look for him to contend for full time NHL work now that he has that contract in hand.
Harrison Ruopp Defenseman Restricted Free Agent 12 games for Ruopp at the AHL level. Was either in the ECHL or scratched in the AHL. (not qualified by PIT)
Tom Sestito Forward Unrestricted Free Agent Re-signed by Pittsburgh (NHL) July 1.
Clark Seymour Defenseman Unrestricted Free Agent (AHL) Signed with HL Bolzano (EBEL) August 12.
Dominik Simon Forward Under Contract Between Simon, Rowney and Dea, where do you rank Simon?
Daniel Sprong Forward Under Contract Too young for AHL in 2016-17. NHL or back to juniors for Sprong.
Oskar Sundqvist Forward Under Contract Not used much in NHL Playoffs after getting called up late in the regular season. May not have seen the last of him in Wilkes-Barre.
Scott Wilson Forward Under Contract Has he shown Pittsburgh brass enough to remain on an NHL roster permanently?
Dominik Uher Forward Restricted Free Agent Signed with HC Sparta Praha (Czech League) June 1.

Again, this chart will be updated as the summer wears on.

Below here will go a chart for all the new additions added in Free Agency throughout the summer.

Name Position Last Years Team Notes
Michael Webster Defense Barrie (OHL) Signed June 27, 95 points in 254 games. Was the Colts captain last season.
Christian Hilbrich Forward Cornell (ECAC) Signed June 28. Enormous 6’7 forward that captained the Big Red last season.
David Warsofsky Defense New Jersey (NHL) Claimed by the Devils from the Penguins, Warsofsky returns to Pittsburgh as a depth defender.
Stuart Percy Defense Toronto (AHL) Maple Leafs first round pick. Two way defender, needs to stay healthy.
Cameron Gaunce Defense Portland (AHL) All-Star defender. Experienced Calder Cup winner.
 Chad Ruhwedel Defense Rochester (AHL) A bit undersized, but a half a point a game player for Rochester last year.
Garrett Wilson Forward Portland (AHL) Probably first call-up option for Pittsburgh if he doesn’t stick out of camp. 29 NHL games with Florida last season.
Jarrett Burton Forward Wheeling (ECHL) Played with WBS on a PTO last season. Point a game player at ECHL level.
Thomas Di Pauli Forward Notre Dame Capitals draft pick didn’t sign on with Washington. Projects like a Bryan Rust type player. Will put up points if he ends up with WBS.
Ryan Haggerty Forward Rockford (AHL) RPI product playing on his third team in three years. Injuries limited him to 36 games for the IceHogs last season.
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Last Updated: September 8.