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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pens Send Megna Back To Wilkes/Barre, Kapanen might make opening roster

The Pittsburgh Penguins have cut more players from their roster. The Pens sent down assign forwards Jayson Megna and Dominik Uher, and defenseman Reid McNeill to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.

Megna being cut was is a bit shocking. Megna has looked pretty good during camp and preseason, showing some great hustle, offensive ability, and great skating ability. Megna also played well when given the opportunity last season. Megna  did have the fact that he's on a two-way contract going against him, and that was probably his kiss of death. Even if Megna was not going to make the opening roster, it seems odd that Megna gets sent down before less-talented players such as Bobby Farnham and Zach Sill. 

Craig Adams offered up his reaction to Megna being sent down: 

With Beau Bennett out, I thought Megna would be on the opening night roster for sure. Now, it appears as though former-first round pick Kasperi Kapanen, who Mike Johnston said might make the opening night roster, could do just that. Kapanen is the only forward in the Pens' system other than Bennett that projects to be a top-six forward. Kapanen is very raw, but is considered a five-star prospect and scored his first goal against NHL competition in Saturday's preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Coach Johnston also stated that the original plan was to play Kapanen on the top line with Sidney Crosby (Who missed the game to due the death of his grandmother) and Chris Kunitz. As of right now, that could be the Pens' top line heading into the regular season. On Friday, Kapanen's skate accidentally clipped Bennett's skate, causing Bennett to be injured and out for six weeks. When asked about the incident, Kapanen said "I'm just fighting for a roster spot & making it a hard decision to send me back to Europe". Looks like that may be the case. 

Oskar Sundqvist, who is probably the next most-talented forward in the Pens system after Kapanen. Sundqvist has looked very good in preseason and would certainly be upgrade over Craig Adams on the third line. Sundqvist should also be a strong candidate to make the opening roster, although he did get banged up after taking a huge hit on the boards on Saturday. 

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