#WBSPens Team Preview Part Three - Forwards

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Here's my final breakdown of the 2013-14 WBS Penguins roster. If you missed either of the first two parts on the goaltenders or defensemen, I attached links to both directly below:

#WBSPens Team Preview Part One - Goaltending

#WBSPens Team Preview Part Two - Defense
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins bolstered their forward core by adding a little bit of everything for 2013-14. The Pens brought back Tom Kostopoulos and named him captain of the 2013-14 team. They also added forwards Chris Conner, Andrew Ebbett, Nick Drazenovic, Harry Zolnierczyk, Mike Carman and Pierre-Luc Leblond.

Add that to returning forwards Brian Gibbons, Paul Thompson, Jayson Megna, Tom Kuhnhackl, Zach Sill, Adam Payerl, Dominik Uher and Bobby Farnham and you can already see the depth they have at the AHL level.

Here's what the line combinations look like to start the season:

Kuhnhackl - Ebbett - Conner
Thompson - Drazenovic - Kostopoulos
Zolnierczyk - Gibbons - Megna
Leblond/Payerl - Sill - Uher/Carman

Injured list: Bobby Farnham (day-to-day, lower body)

The forward core is certainly the strength of this team heading into this weekend's season opening game against Bridgeport. It will be interesting to see how the lines gel in the first few games and the minor changes that lineup undergoes throughout the season due to injuries/call-ups/suspensions/performance etc.
  • Tom Kuhnhackl will play his first meaningful hockey game since last December. 
  • Chris Conner and Tom Kostopoulos are former WBS players making their return to the Penguins this year. 
  • Nick Drazenovic and Andrew Ebbett look to lead the offensive attack and Jayson Megna, Paul Thompson and Brian Gibbons look to add a secondary scoring touch.
  • Harry Zolnierczyk, Pierre-Luc Leblond, Zach Sill, Adam Payerl, Dominik Uher, Bobby Farnham and Mike Carman look to disrupt the other team's offense with tight forechecking and physical play.


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