Chirps from Center Ice

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

One Fell Swoop, See You Soon Kid

Pittsburgh finally trimmed their roster today, and they did so all at once seemingly with the following players sent to Wilkes-Barre today.

Forwards

Zach Aston-Reese
Teddy Blueger
Jean-Sebastien Dea*
Thomas Di Pauli
Adam Johnson
Sam Miletic**
Dominik Simon
Colin Smith
Daniel Sprong
Christian Thomas
Freddie Tiffels
Garrett Wilson*

Defensemen

Lukas Bengtsson
Frank Corrado*
Kevin Czuczman*
Ethan Prow
Chris Summers*
Jarred Tinordi*
Zach Trotman*

Goaltenders

Casey DeSmith
Tristan Jarry

Key

* – players who need waivers
** – Miletic signed a three year entry level contract with Pittsburgh on Monday. At age 20, he is eligible for and look for him a lot, with Wilkes-Barre this upcoming season.

The roster in Pittsburgh stands at 26 players. They need to be at 23 in time for the beginning of the season. Here is a look at the current roster.

Jonathan had some thoughts today regarding the roster spots still up for grabs. He believes, as do I, that the final roster spot comes down to Josh Archibald and Derrick Pouliot. Both need waivers. Pouliot is a bargaining chip that Pittsburgh could flip for a third line center, but that hasn’t happened yet. So if you are looking at it from a perspective of sending a guy out, it’s probably going to be Archibald because he’s less expendable in that he has less of a trade value vs. Pouliot.

Analysis

Wilkes-Barre’s camp stands at 49 players if no one goes claimed tomorrow at noon in waivers. There are no roster limits in the AHL, mind you.

Anyway, my thoughts on Pittsburgh are that they release Jay McClerment from his PTO and send Tom Sestito to WBS when he’s healthy after getting banged up in practice from a collision with Ryan Reaves. That leaves the Archibald / Pouliot decision to be made. I think it’s Archibald that gets the short end. My first three guys to go up after Archibald, and this is assuming that no one gets claimed on waivers, are Sprong, Aston-Reese and Johnson in that order. Sprong is going to get the Jake Guentzel treatment in Wilkes-Barre and go up full time in January. Johnson needs to learn the pro game. Depending on how he takes the demotion to the AHL and how he handles the pro game determines his success down here and future with Pittsburgh. I can’t wait to see a healthy Zach Aston-Reese tear up the Atlantic Division.

My second three are Dea, Simon and Garrett Wilson in no order. If you forced me, Simon, Dea and Wilson in that order. Competition in Wilkes-Barre camp and production in the first 20 games of the regular season can change first three and second three.

On defense, Jonathan likes Trotman a lot. I am going to defer in this category here because it is a large amount of players coming from all over with very high pedigrees. Competition here will only benefit the good of the order as far as a team perspective.

Finally, DeSmith and Jarry are going to probably split starts the first 10 games of the season and Pittsburgh’s management will leave the decision of who the number one starter will be here in Wilkes-Barre up to Clark Donatelli and his staff here. I would not want to be him in making that decision because it is going to be extremely tough with all of the firepower up front and the stacked blue line playing ahead of either Casey or Tristan.

From Wilkes-Barre’s camp, Tom reported that Troy Josephs had some kind of surgery and won’t practice for at least a month. Sean Maguire was hurt Monday and did not practice Tuesday but Tom reported that it’s not serious and he’s day to day.

Tyler had thoughts on Day 1 and Day 2. When he posts Day 3, I will edit it in.

Penguins host the Hershey Bears in preseason action Wednesday night. I would be very interested in seeing who plays in that contest.

In case you are new here, I don’t go full bore in setting up or recapping preseason action. I’ll be at the game and there will be a brief recap of the action and who stood out, who didn’t, etc. Penguins host Binghamton Friday before bussing down to Hershey Saturday and then up to Bingo Sunday.

So but for anything breaking here Wednesday morning / afternoon, check out the blog again Wednesday night after the first preseason game for a recap.

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