The Pittsburgh Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lost in game seven of their second round playoff series with the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) tonight.
The Penguins defeated Dany Sabourin and the Hershey Bears – who had won two of the last three Calder Cups – in five games in the opening round of the playoffs, but couldn’t get past the IceCaps in round two. Aaron Gagnon had two goals for the IceCaps tonight, including the unassisted game-winner early in the third period.
Goaltender Brad Thiessen was average for the most part, allowing 30 goals in 12 games. He could vie for the backup gig in Pittsburgh next season, though it’s more likely the Penguins look outside the organization for help at that level.
We should see Despres in the NHL next season for sure. He’ll be 21 by the time camp rolls around, and I can’t help but be excited about his NHL future.
Tangradi will get yet another shot to make the team out of camp. He’ll be 23 and doesn’t turn 24 until next January, but many feel his window of opportunity in Pittsburgh may be coming to a close. He looked better in his late season stint in Pittsburgh than he did earlier in the year, but he really needs to pull it all together if he wants to be a career top six NHLer.
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