The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they’ve trimmed their roster up in anticipation for this Thursday’s opening game against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Penguins announced that Jason Williams, Brian Strait, and Alexandre Picard were returned to Wilkes-Barre Scranton.

Joe Morrow was returned to Portland of the WHL.

Both Williams and Picard will need to clear waivers before returning to WB/S.

The Penguins also assigned Sidney Crosby, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Peterson, Boris Valabik, and Robert Bortuzzo to injured reserve.

On Joe Morrow…

Morrow will be well served by a year of dominance at the WHL level. This will be a chance for him to dominate and shine among his peers.

A special note with Morrow, he doesn’t have any WHL eligibility left after this year. He has met both the age and experience requirements to play in the AHL next season, a move that I’m sure factored into Shero’s decision to draft him.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of Joe Morrow in Portland throughout the year. Check back for more updates, including our annual preseason roundtable, as we prepare for opening night!