Pens make their big roster cuts before exhibition game Monday

A list of the players the Pens sent down
Drew O'Connor skating
Photo credit Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Lost in the losses at Acrisure Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, the Pens had their major roster cutdown on Sunday with a few promising forwards sent to the minors.

A player most had penciled into a fourth-line role to start the season, 6’3” Drew O’Connor assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton.  The 24-year-old played in 22 games with the Pens last year with three goals and two assists with four penalty minutes.

Two who could be on the Penguins radar at some point early in the season.

·      5’9” Valtteri Puustinen-the 23-year-old played his first season in North America last year with 42 points in 73 games in the AHL and had an assist in his lone NHL game.

Nathan Legare, Corey Andonovski and Drake Caggiula made some solid plays in rookie camp and joined by forwards Alex Nylander, Jamie Devane, Kyle Olson, Raivis Ansons, defensemen Xavier Ouellet, Colin Swoyer, Jack St. Ivany and goalies Filip Lindberg and Dustin Tokarski (signed to be a veteran emergency third goalie) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

2022 first-round pick defenseman Owen Pickering will report to the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League and sixth-round pick defenseman Nolan Collins to the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Pens current roster is at 28 with 10 defensemen.  They will play an exhibition game Monday night in Detroit.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports