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Saturday, March 10, 2018

WBS Pens Roster Analysis by @disgruntledbill

WBS opened the season on October 7th against the Charlotte Checkers and the roster has changed quite a bit. The Pens are gearing up for a (hopefully) lengthy playoff run in Wilkes-Barre and here is where the roster stands as we enter the tail end of the season.  





Centers:
October
March
C
20
J. Burton
C
20
J. Burton
C
9
J. Dea
C
9
J. Dea
C
16
T. DiPauli
C
16
T. DiPauli
C
23
T. Blueger
C
23
T. Blueger
C
49
D. Simon




C
18
G. Quinney

WBS has excellent center depth.  Burton (7 + 3 = 10 pts) and  DiPauli (10 + 8 = 18 pts) have spent the whole season with WBS and are solid AHL contributors. DiPauli is arguably the fastest skater on the team . Blueger (13 + 18 = 31 pts) had a brief callup but didn’t play and Dea is an elite AHL (15+23 = 35 pts)and is potentially the next captain of the team. 
Simon has been called up to Pittsburgh, and it seems as if he will be playing out the season there. Simon was sent down to WBS via paper transaction, so if the WBS season runs longer than Pittsburgh’s (unlikely) there is still an outside chance he returns to Wilkes-Barre.
In the meantime, Gage Quinney (10 + 13 = 23 points) has shown great chemistry with Sprong .
Left Wing
October
March
LW
19
G. Wilson
LW
19
G. Wilson
LW
47
A. Johnson
LW
47
A. Johnson
LW
25
T. Sestito




LW
42
J. Cramarossa

Wilson and Johnson are still with the team. Wilson (13 + 14 = 27 pts) is a great AHL contributor and Johnson (8 + 16  24 pts) is having a solid rookie season with the team.
Sestito missed a couple of weeks early this season with a nasty hand injury. Even though he is known for his pugilistic skills in the NHL, in the AHL he is an elite winger. He will be a welcome addition to any playoff series next month. Cramarossa (2+2 = 4 pts)  is the newest acquisition for WBS. He was acquired in a trade with Calgary for Colin Smith (5 +13 = 18 pts).  The jury is still out on how well Cramarossa will fit in.

Sprong is the right wing to watch in WBS. 

October
March
RW
11
D. Sprong
RW
11
D. Sprong
RW
26
C. Thomas
RW
26
C. Thomas
RW
29
T. Kostopoulos
RW
29
T. Kostopoulos
RW
12
Z. Aston-Reese




The right wing is arguably the team’s position of greatest strength.  Sprong is as elite in the AHL as you’re going to find. Thomas is a Canadian Olympian. Kostopoulos is the heart and soul of the WBS Penguins. Even though Aston-Reese is called up to Pittsburgh and now currently injured,  he too also has been made eligible to finish out the season in WBS thanks to a paper transaction.
Defense:
October
March
D
55
C. Summers
D
55
C. Summers
D
7
K. Czuczman
D
7
K. Czuczman
D
3
A. Pedan



D
4
Z. Trotman



D
22
F. Corrado



D
32
L. Bengtsson




D
2
J. Taylor

D
6
E. Prow

D
24
J. Tinordi



D
45
K. Schulze

Summers and Czuczman are all that remains of the opening night roster on the team right now. The rest of the defense is a bit of a mess.
Pedan looked like an elite AHL defenseman with a scoring touch, until he went down with an upper body injury as well as an illness. No idea when he will be back.
Trotman and Bengston are all injured as well with no clear timetable on their return.  Corrado is done for the season. Prow and Tinordi have been fine replacements. Taylor and Schultze are both young and inexperienced.

Jarry or Desmith should (hopefully) be back for the playoff push in WBS. 

October
March
G
1
C. DeSmith



G
35
T. Jarry


G
30
A. Peters



G
31
E. Marcoux

In previous years, Jarry and DeSmith were a rock for this team. They are elite AHL goaltending. With the Murray injury both are called up to Pittsburgh. Hopefully for the playoff at least one of these guys comes back since it’s unlikely that Peters and Marcoux will get the job done. As strange as seems former Flyers goaler Michael Leighton is also with the team and looks to be returning from a lengthy injury this week.  As long as Jarry or Desmith end up back in net for the playoff, there is no reason to think WBS won’t be able to go on another deep run.

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