By Brian Metzer
With Kris Letang’s status in question due to a high hit from Gilbert Brule on Sunday, an injury to Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen’s flu-like symptoms, the Penguins were running a bit short on the blue line. That shortage prompted a couple surprising recalls this morning by general manager Ray Shero… that of Steve Wagner and Corey Potter from Wilkes Barre-Scranton.
The team had been utilizing the services of Brian Strait over the past few weeks when they have needed a d-man, but they must have wanted to give these guys a look at the NHL level.
Potter has 27 points in 62 games this season and boasts a Wilkes Barre-Scranton leading plus/minus rating of 24. The Michigan State alum was a fourth round pick (122nd overall) of the New York Rangers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and has played in 8 NHL games registering 2-points (1G-1A). Potter is in his first season with the Penguins after signing as a free agent this summer.
Wagner was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues last February has posted 26-points (5G-19A) in 64 games this season for the Baby Penguins. The Grand Rapids native and Minnesota State – Mankato alum has played in 46 NHL games, all with the St. Louis Blues, and has registered 12-points (4G-8A).
More info on tonight’s line-up as we get it…