Chirps from Center Ice

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

Thomas the Scoring Train

Coal Street continued its summer of blockbuster signings with the announcement Wednesday afternoon that they have signed forward Christian Thomas formerly of the Hershey Bears.

Big time signing here. Thomas co-led the Bears in goals with 24 last season, 12 coming on the power play which was fifth overall in the AHL in that department.

For a team like the Penguins in desperate need it seems every year of a power play punch, the Thomas signing shores up that doubt for a team which is improved in defense and forward. Mind you, the Pens won the regular season overall, so it is shaping up like the Penguins may be as good or better than last season, if that is even conceivable.

It’s an AHL contract for Thomas in case you were wondering. It may be a bit of a surprise to some that Thomas went to the middle of September to be signed by a team. He most likely was looking for full time NHL work but with camps opening this week took the next best option in signing with a good AHL team in Wilkes-Barre.

Tyler has more, including the headline I was going to use.

Elsewhere, the Penguins won the Prospects Tournament this weekend and goaltender Alex D’Orio impressed enough people that he signed with Pittsburgh today to a three year entry level contract. D’Orio is an undrafted player who will return to juniors this season.

Pittsburgh opens camp Friday. They didn’t announce a roster when they made the news public Tuesday, so expect that to come Thursday.

We are getting there.

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