As we covered earlier, Evgeni Malkin is out for a while, and Scott Wilson was listed as a game-time decision for tomorrow (and didn't practice today), so it would stand to reason the Pittsburgh Penguins would need some reinforcements. Well, here they come:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Dominik Simon and Conor Sheary from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Forward Tom Sestito has been re-assigned to WBS.
Simon, 21, has enjoyed a successful debut in North America, registering 18 goals, 20 assists and 38 points in 54 games. He is the ninth-leading scorer among all AHL rookies.
First, Sestito going down is good, no reason for him to be in an NHL lineup. Sheary is somewhat of a known quantity with 29 NHL games under his belt this season. He's got great speed and decent enough hands to be a much better left-wing option than Sestito.
Second, Simon could be the guy to watch. He's not going to come close to replacing Malkin (duh) but he's opened eyes with a really great first season in North America so far with Wilkes-Barre. He's been mainly a right-winger and has earned scoring line minutes in the AHL. It remains unseen what plans or opportunities he will get right now in the NHL, but he's earned the call-up and possibly has something to offer for a Penguins team that can use any and all skill they can find.
The Pens play tomorrow afternoon in New York. The lineup remains to be seen, but one of Sheary/Simon will definitely have to take a spot in the lineup for Malkin leaving and if Wilson can't go that will mean both call-ups will dress.