The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the ice on Monday, Sept. 24 for the start of training camp.
While the camp roster has yet to be announced, Pittsburgh provided some clarity on Thursday as to who will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton when they assigned forwards Frederik Tiffels and Troy Josephs, defensemen Dane Birks and Joe Masonius and goaltender Anthony Peters.
Out of the group, Peters spent the most time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, posting a 12-7-1 record and a 2.71 goals against average and .907 save percentage in 24 games. Peters, 27, figures to compete for a spot in a goaltending mix that will likely include John Muse, who is still in Pittsburgh’s camp, and either Casey DeSmith or Tristan Jarry as the NHL Penguins determine which one will back up Matt Murray.
Josephs, 24, missed part of last season while recovering from surgery. He appeared in 43 games with Wheeling, notching 36 points, and four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
While at Pittsburgh’s camp, Josephs said he felt the injury hampered his play last season but now he is 100 percent healthy.
“Last year I wasn’t able to do the things I wanted to do,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready to make an impact at the AHL level this season.”
Heading back to their teams in the Western Hockey League are forward Jordy Bellerive and defenseman Calen Addison (Lethbridge) and forward Justin Almeida (Moose Jaw). Goaltender Alex D’Orio (Saint John) and forward Jan Drozg (Shawinigan) are going back to teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Defenseman Antti Palojarvi is returning to Lukko of Finland’s SM-Liiga.
This season will be the 20th for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and players will report to camp on Sept. 23 and participate in the first practice on Sept. 24. All practices at the Toyota Sportsplex are free and open to the public. Monday and Tuesday’s practices begin at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday the roster is broken into two groups with practices at 10 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
The first preseason game will be on Thursday, Sept. 27 when the Penguins host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the Mohegan Sun Arena. A second preseason game will be held on Sept. 29 when the Hershey Bears come to town, and the Penguins will play a final preseason game on Sept. 30 when they travel to Hershey.
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