Kunitz to IR, Guentzel recalled
Jake Guentzel has been recalled by the Penguins.
This move comes the day after Chris Kunitz was placed on injury reserve this morning due to a lower-body injury classified as week-to-week by head coach Mike Johnston. It is unclear as to how the injury came about, but this comes as disappointing news for the team, as Kunitz has had 9 points of his 11 points over the past 11 games, while the Penguins have won 7 of those 11 games.
This is where Jake Guentzel comes in. The Woodbury, Minnesota native has recorded 7 goals, 10 assists and 17 points over 16 games leading his Wilkes-Barre Scranton team so far this season to continue his impressive post-season last year where he scored 5 goals, 9 assists and 14 points in 10 games. Currently, he is tied for the third most points in the American Hockey League. Besides his obvious skill set to put up points, Guentzel is a versatile forward with an ability to slot up and down the line-up at the centre or left wing position, which should work well given how coach Mike Sullivan often shakes up the lines.
The Penguins currently sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference with an 11-4-3 record, only two points behind the New York Rangers. Expect Guentzel to get some time and raise a few eyebrows like how previous youngsters (Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust) have stepped in and made a reasonable impact.