Tuesday #WBSPens Practice UPDATE: #AHL #Pens Add Harrington/Maatta

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Harrington (center) was paired with former Penguins defenseman Joe Morrow at this past summer's prospect camp scrimmage.

There were two new faces on the ice at Coal Street today as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins prepare for Game Three - their first home playoff game since Game Five against Providence back on May 18th. The two new faces? Defensemen Scott Harrington and Olli Maatta, just four days off from finishing their seasons with the OHL's London Knights.

Harrington, 20, was the Penguins' 2nd round draft choice (54th overall) back in 2011. Maatta, 18, was the Penguins' 1st round draft choice (22nd overall) in last year's NHL Draft. From what I saw at practice today, both were impressive and after just finishing up in the Memorial Cup, they both have been playing at a high level.

Now, the obvious question. Will either of them play? Here's what head coach John Hynes had to say about Harrington and Maatta joining the team:

"When you get the opportunity to work with real high-end prospects that are young guys, first turning pro, it's nice to have them and yeah there's a possibility that those guys would get in the lineup."

For Scott Harrington, it has been a busy season. While the London Knights season ended in the Memorial Cup four days ago, Harrington and his teammate Maatta found out the day after their season ended that they would be heading to Wilkes-Barre to join the Penguins in their playoff run.

"It was a lot of fun," Harrington said of his season with London. "A lot of ups and downs with World Juniors and Memorial Cup but a lot of good stuff too, winning the OHL for the second year with Olli."

Harrington added that he's played with Maatta in London for the last two years and also played some with Reid McNeill, so there is a few familiar faces.

If Harrington finds himself in the Penguins lineup, it wouldn't be the first time he's played at the Mohegan Sun Arena. He participated in the Black & Gold exhibition game two years ago.

"I didn't really know what to expect driving down yesterday," Harrington said. "It would definitely be really cool to play some games but I don't really have too many expectations, just coming down here and trying to get comfortable with the pro-game, working hard at practice and see what happens."

Hynes also added that another highly-touted defensive prospect, defenseman Derrick Pouliot (1st round - 8th overall in 2012), will be joining the team in the near future.


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