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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Coal Street announced Wednesday morning that they have signed goaltender Colin Stevens to a professional tryout contract. Stevens, as you may recall, was in training camp with Wilkes-Barre.
His numbers with the Wheeling Nailers are a small sample size; 2-0-1 record, .907 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average.
The save percentage and goals against are bad, but that’s because Stevens actually won a 7-6 game that the Nailers played in Greenville on October 14. Hunter Fejes had four goals in the contest. Stevens won a 4-2 game against Cincinnati on October 21 and lost a 2-1 game in overtime the next day in Reading.
Regardless, he’s the best man for the job for right now.
The reason the Penguins didn’t recall Sean Maguire is because he is injured right now. From what I have been able to gather he was wearing a splint on his arm the last time he was seen.
Stevens comes highly recommended from those who have seen him play and those who cover the Nailers…
@nafsnep Stevens is phenomenal, has been great in his first few games with Wheeling.—
Bob Baenig (@BingoBobBaenig) October 25, 2017
@nafsnep Pens organization as a whole likes Stevens' game, I am told.—
Shawn Rine (@Shawn_Rine) October 25, 2017
I do not see Stevens getting a game this weekend unless Friday’s game against the Hershey Bears is a physical one. Pens are in Bridgeport Saturday then off until next Friday, November 3 in Allentown then off Saturday and home Sunday November 5 against Hershey. Conceivably, Tristan Jarry starts all four games. But then again, if the Penguins want to see what they want to do with Stevens from a perspective of signing him to an AHL contract for good, he’s probably going to need to see a game. Maybe that comes this weekend. Who knows.
One other bit of non-goaltender related news before I go…
I believe Obie meant Colin Smith, not Colin Stevens in this tweet.
I don’t think I will have anything of note Thursday, so check back Friday for the Gameday setup against the Hershey Bears.
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