Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Philippe Dupuis, who has been day-to-day since early January, has now officially been listed as being out for the remainder of the season. Considering the lack of progress over the past few months, it is no big shock to find he is now done for the season.
In other news, the WBS Penguins have acquired two new Black Aces who will be joining the team for the remainder of the season.
Excited to be headed to Wilkes-Barre this morning.
Merth Joins Penguins on PTO http://bit.ly/17E12pj
Matia Marcantuoni was selected by the Penguins in 4th Round of this past 2012 Draft. Marcantuoni suffered a concussion in his draft year and fell from a projected Top 10 (Top 5 in some polls) to his eventual #92 Overall. If he can eventually return to his pre-injury potential, he will be one of the biggest steals of the draft. Marcantuoni has similar speed, skating ability, and energy as Pascal Dupuis. He is said to be excellent at moving the puck, able to play a physical, reckless still while still being excellent at protecting the puck. Like Dupuis, he also has a tendency to be an agitator and draw penalties. Hockey's Future ranks him as a 6.0 C, which would indicate a likeliness that his current potential has fallen to that of a 3rd liner. However, considering his comparisons to Dupuis, who many have also said would never amount to more than a 3rd liner, he may fit in very well in the Penguin's system as a Top 6 winger.
Marcantuoni is a 6'0" 194lb 19-year old forward who has played both Center and Wing that has played the past 3 seasons with the OHL Kitchener Rangers. At 19, he is likely to return for one final season in the OHL next year. This season he only managed 7G and 18A in 61 games, which is not particularly spectacular, so his performance has not yet returned to his pre-draft potential. Still, with the right center and some time in the Pens system, he too could develop into the elite scoring winger that Dupuis is.
Peter Merth is a 6'3" 225lb defenseman who was the Captain of the Wheeling Nailers this season, and had worn an A with the team last year. He previously spent 11 games last season in WBS, and earlier this year got 7 game with the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. Merth had 1G and 16A in 48 games in the ECHL this year.