I attended the WBS Penguins practice this morning at the Coal Street Rink in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and watched the Pens skate around for about an hour. The team is coming off a big win last night and has a home game against the Connecticut Whale tomorrow, so I didn't expect a vigorous workout.
The WBS Penguins Clear Day Roster along with the rest of the AHL teams will be released tomorrow morning according to the AHL. A tiny nugget from the AHL's website regarding these playoff rosters.
Only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.
Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after Clear Day, but only once their respective junior or college seasons are complete.
A look at who might be left off the roster and some notes from practice this morning after the jump.
The Clear Day roster allows for 22 guys so if you take away both goalies and the seven defensemen from the roster you're left with 13 spots for forwards. Dustin Jeffrey is eligible for the Clear day roster and will probably take one of those spots, regardless of whether or not he will play. Someone can replace him as a result of his recall to Pittsburgh.
It looks like the last spot will come down to either Nick Petersen or David Marshall. Since Marshall was just released from his PTO (Professional Tryout) and signed to a SPC (Standard Player Contract) I would lean toward Marshall being on the roster and Petersen replacing Dustin Jeffrey. Either way they will both most likely be in town for the rest of the season. We'll have to wait and see tomorrow morning.
As for the WBS practice this morning, here's a few summary notes you should know:
- The Penguins had a light practice today for about an hour and it seemed the focus of the practice was working on the power play and other plays off face-offs, mainly on the offensive side of the ice.
- Nick Petersen (shoulder) practiced in full gear and looks good. Hopefully he can return to the lineup soon. Petersen and Ben Street really tore up the ECHL so maybe they can re-unite and be productive at the AHL level.
- Carl Sneep didn't practice today and is probably feeling the effects of Maxime Lacroix's questionable hit in the second period of last night's game.
- The Penguins host the Connecticut Whale Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.