In Other News…
January 7, 2016
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Besides the All-Star Roster news today, there was other activity on Coal Street today.
Forwards Kael Mouillierat, Tom Sestito and goaltender Tristan Jarry are all dangerously close to returning to the lineup. All practiced today. Head Coach Clark Donatelli told the media today that Tristan Jarry will probably get a game this weekend. The Penguins are in Allentown Friday and host Utica Saturday. My money is on Saturday.
Tom Sestito told Seth that he is, “90 percent.”
Kael Mouillierat got good news on his upper body injury and should be back as well.
Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust were recalled to Pittsburgh, who sent Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson back to Wilkes-Barre. You are getting back your second and third leading scorer and swapping them for a guy like Kuhnhackl who has earned his call-up and Rust who is still working back from his broken hand suffered back in October.
A lot of questions on why Derrick Pouliot was selected to All-Stars. After thinking about it and looking at his statistics, it’s justified. Here’s why:
- Teams are selected by division vs. conference. Among other Atlantic Division All-Star Defensemen Connor Carrick in Hershey, Ryan Graves in Hartford and Ryan Pulock on Bridgeport, he leads the group in points and is third overall among Atlantic Divison defensemen in points. The guys ahead of Pouliot, Alex Grant of Springfield and Andrew MacDonald of Lehigh Valley, weren’t named to the team. He’s also fifteenth overall in the AHL in points for defensemen.
- He’s been on the ice for 46 goals scored so far by the Penguins through January 5. By far and wide, the best defenseman on the team in that category.
- He’s still considered a prospect and this is an event that showcases the stars of tomorrow.
The Penguins are one of the best teams in the AHL, so you want to maximize and showcase the key components of that team. Sending a forward (Dominik Simon) a goaltender (Matt Murray) and Pouliot is logical considering that all three play major roles on the success of the Penguins, no matter how hard it is to watch Pouliot play defense sometimes. It is a developmental league for a reason. And also what people tend to forget is that Pouliot is only 21 years old.
Anyway, the Gamday setup for Lehigh Valley hits the blog Friday at 3.
Let’s Go Pens!