The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins were back at Coal Street this morning for a 90 minute session.
On a personnel note here's what I gathered about the team that took the ice today:
- Steve MacIntyre did indeed report to WBS this week and practiced today on the 4th line with Matt Rust and Brandon DeFazio.
- Missing from practice with injuries were Boris Valabik (hand), Carl Sneep and Alexandre Picard.
- I had a nice little chat with Keven Veilleux today, who was sporting a bright orange hooded sweatshirt and a big knee brace. I asked how his rehabbing was going and he said he was started to feel better. He was shooting pucks off ice with gloves on and a stick against a wall for a few minutes then walked back into the locker room area.
- Philip Samuelsson and Nick Petersen both practiced today after missing parts of this past week's road trip.
- Petersen wore the red no-contact jersey and participated in most of the drills but I didn't see him leave the bench during the 5v5 drill at the end of practice.
- Samuelsson had what appeared to be a stitched up lower lip at practice this morning, it was cut up in St. John's over the weekend. He was mixed in with Cody Wild and Alex Grant on the blueline today.
- Some changes to the lines from over the weekend with new faces and new linemates, most notable switch up is Gibbons and McDonald swap places on what looks like the top two lines, with Walker staying on an energy line with Sill and Craig:
Colin McDonald - Ben Street - Paul Thompson
Ryan Craig - Zach Sill - Geoff Walker
Steve MacIntyre - Matt Rust - Brandon DeFazio
Ryan Schnell - Cody Chupp
Robert Bortuzzo - Brian Strait
Alex Grant - Cody Wild
Joey Mormina - Peter Merth
Brad Thiessen - Scott Munroe
- Three guys that people were suggesting might be on their way to Wheeling are still here. That being defenseman Peter Merth and forwards Ryan Schnell and Cody Chupp.
- Terrible news to hear coming out from Nailers beat writer Shawn Rine last night that the team is up for sale and this could be the last season for the Nailers in Wheeling. All this after 20 seasons.
- On the Pittsburgh front, it looks like Malkin was given a maintenance day and Asham is day-to-day. Also, Letang hasn't been ruled out and could play Thursday or sometime this weekend according to head coach Dan Bylsma.