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Treaty of Guent – Penguins Sign Rookie to ATO

A fairly significant roster move was made Tuesday morning when it was announced that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins signed Jake Guentzel to an amateur tryout contract. (ATO)

From the release, Guentzel is a third round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins and just finished his junior season at Nebraska-Omaha. He is foregoing his senior year and turning pro.

Here are some tweets with those familiar with Guentzel’s body of work…

Now Seth had a cheat sheet of sorts regarding Penguin prospects tabbed to come through Coal Street to begin their professional careers in Sunday’s Citizens Voice.

From the article in regard to Guentzel…

Guentzel was drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round, 77th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft and is currently rated the organization’s No. 6 prospect by The Hockey News. At 5-foot-10, he’s undersized, but extremely skilled. In each of his three seasons at UNO, his scoring totals have gone up, culminating with a 46-point (19G-27A) performance this season. The 46 points are the 10th most in the nation this season. Current Penguin Josh Archibald was a teammate of Guentzel’s back during the 2013-14 season.

ETA: Assuming he wants to get a taste of the AHL and the Penguins think that’s a good idea, Guentzel could be on his way to Wilkes-Barre any day now. After the Mavericks started the season on record pace, they stumbled down the stretch and finished on an eight-game skid. Don’t blame Guentzel, though. In two games during the opening round of the NCHC Tournament, he recorded two goals and two assists. The Mavericks, however, lost both games to Denver — the second in double OT.

When I had heard the news this morning, I didn’t think that Guentzel would be ready to play as soon as Wednesday against the Binghamton Senators.

I was wrong.

Guentzel was teammates with Josh Archibald at Nebraska-Omaha, so the fit is natural. He will wear number 44 when he makes his debut Wednesday.

Perhaps it was the fact that he has a nice set of hands on him that won the coaching staff over…

Coal Street’s official blog Skating on the Susquehanna had a feature on Guentzel including his first professional media scrum and Head Coach Clark Donatelli’s thoughts on his newest player.

In other news, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they have signed forward Teddy Blueger to a two year entry level contract. Blueger will join Wilkes-Barre on an ATO Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately known if Blueger will play tomorrow vs. Binghamton or not. Blueger went 11-24-35 for Minnesota State Mankato this past season, leading the team in points and game winning goals. Sounds like to me, based off of what the Pittsburgh release said and what Seth wrote about him in Sunday’s paper, that the Penguins have another blue chipper for the AHL squad for the remainder of the season.

Here is a long form feature from Sean Shapiro who profiled Blueger for the website HockeysFuture.

Oh, if you were wondering where the pun headline came from, it was the suggestion of Alan Saunders.

Honorable mention goes to Uncle Pat from Wheeling for, “The Guent is Due.”

Finally, if you don’t get the reference of the headline, here you go. Now you remember, right?

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