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AHL Penguins Prepare For Preseason Opener, Samuelsson/Leblond Clear Waivers

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Philip Samuelsson will start the 2014-15 season in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Everyone who was placed on waivers in the NHL yesterday made it through unclaimed by noon, which for the Pittsburgh Penguins means forward Pierre-Luc Leblond and defenseman Philip Samuelsson are being re-assigned to the Pens' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Samuelsson, entering his 4th season of pro hockey, went from being in Pittsburgh's lineup for last night's preseason game against Minnesota to waived by the Pens and on his way to Wilkes-Barre, along with Leblond.

The news that Samuelsson will start the season with the AHL Penguins makes tomorrow night's preseason opener even more important for the defensemen who suit up for the Pens.

Day Three Update - Derrick Pouliot Joins AHL Penguins

Monday, September 29, 2014
Derrick Pouliot skated with the AHL Penguins for the first time this season.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had another new face on the ice this morning as the third practice session of the year at Toyota SportsPlex got underway. They could see two more familiar faces as early as tomorrow afternoon.

Derrick Pouliot skated in a red, no-contact jersey with the AHL Penguins today in a limited capacity. With the team doing more 5-on-5 and working on the zone breakouts in a game-like scenario, Pouliot skated in the first hour of practice before heading off the ice and retreating to the locker room. He looked a little rusty, but I'm sure that comes with the territory of rehabbing an off-season shoulder surgery. Otherwise, he looked fine.

The big news out of Pittsburgh this afternoon that could affect the AHL roster is that defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Pierre-Luc Leblond were placed on waivers. If they clear (by noon tomorrow), they'll be re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

I'm a bit surprised to see Samuelsson placed on waivers today, especially considering he was listed as in the lineup for tonight's preseason game vs. Minnesota this morning. A tough break for the 23-year-old defenseman, who was overshadowed a bit by teammates Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin.

It's the first time Samuelsson has been exposed on waivers, and though no one league-wide has been claimed on waivers yet this season I'm not sure a guy like Samuelsson - fresh off his entry level contract - has been seen on the wires yet this fall. It will be interesting to see if Samuelsson makes it to Wilkes-Barre. Time will tell.

Monday's Catch Up & Lunch Links 9/29

Local forward Patrick McGrath (Shavertown, Pa.) is trying out for the AHL Penguins.
In two days, the answer to the question many have asked for months will be yes. October is right around the corner.

For the Pittsburgh Penguins, they play the Minnesota Wild tonight and Detroit Wednesday to conclude their six-game preseason. Their season starts October 9th when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

The big news out of Pittsburgh this morning is that they have placed defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Pierre-Luc Leblond on waivers. If they clear, they'll be re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).

Meanwhile in Wilkes-Barre, the AHL Penguins are gearing up for their third straight on-ice practice this morning, with their first of three preseason games on Wednesday night when they host Utica. The AHL Pens also open the season at home, on October 11th against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

As we do every week, a look back at things you might've missed last week.

WBS Penguins Training Camp - Day Two Update

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Matt Murray and the Penguins look on during the day's final drill.
After a grueling two and a half hour practice to open Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) training camp on Saturday, the WBS Pens were back on the ice this morning for more. Two more hours of another up-tempo, physical & demanding John Hynes practice.

Everyone was present and accounted for at the Toyota SportsPlex this morning except for the three players Pittsburgh re-assigned last night. Jayson Megna, Dominik Uher and Reid McNeill are all expected to join the team for practice tomorrow.

AHL Penguins Open Training Camp Today

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Adam Payerl is in Wilkes-Barre for Day One of AHL Penguins training camp.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open their training camp with their first on-ice practice this morning at 10 a.m. ET. The AHL Penguins will hold open to public practices at the Toyota SportsPlex each of the next four days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.