The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Zach Sill and Harry Zolnierczyk and defenseman Brian Dumoulin to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Zolnierczyk has to clear waivers by noon on Friday before he can report to WBS.
The Penguins now have 29 players on their training camp roster (16 forwards; 10 defensemen; 3 goaltenders).
It was a numbers issue for all three, who were probably close to making the roster, but just couldn't edge out the established veterans on the bottom half of the roster. All three of those guys could definitely be candidates for mid-season callups.>/p>
Of the 29 (including goalie Tomas Vokoun who's headed either to IR or LTIR), there are still a pair of impressive junior players (Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta) expected to be re-assigned to their teams.
The other most interesting decision still to be made could come down to Chuck kobasew, who's impressed in training camp on a tryout contract. Should he make the team, it might edge out fellow veteran winger Matt D'Agostini who signed a one-way $550,000 contract with the Pens earlier in the summer.