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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
18 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday their training camp roster. A robust 60 names. Of those names, there are two names invited at one position that jump out.
It’s in goal.
Beyond the standard names like Matt Murray, Marc-Andre Fleury, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith, the Pittsburgh Penguins also extended invitations to goaltenders Doug Carr and Leland Irving.
Carr is already signed to an ECHL deal with the Wheeling Nailers. He was with Adirondack of the ECHL last year and played three games with Albany last year.
Leland Irving was a former first round draft pick with Calgary, had some success in Abbotsford, the AHL affiliate of the Flames at the time. Last year, he played for a terrible Iowa Wild team and only won 12 games in 41 games played. Those 12 wins led the Wild, so it speaks to how god awful the Wild were last year, finishing dead last in the AHL last season.
I would be perfectly fine with Jarry as the number one goaltender here in Wilkes-Barre with DeSmith taking some of the starts as well with Carr down in Wheeling working with Sean Maguire, who surprisingly was not invited to Penguins camp. But the braintrust doesn’t see it like that. If either Fleury or Murray go down with injury or a spot illness necessitating a call-up from Wilkes-Barre, they aren’t willing to take the risk of Tristan Jarry being that guy quite yet.
In other news, Coal Street announced a promo schedule you can check out here.
I’ll have my AHL Previews at the ready again this season. I am about halfway done and want to finish out the main build this weekend and start bringing stuff over to the blog within the next two weeks in time for Opening Week in the AHL.