WB/S brings in three players on ATO contracts
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton “Baby” Penguins have signed one forward, and two defensemen to amateur tryout contracts.
Although none of the new signings have dressed up for an AHL game yet, they have been taking part in practices with the team.
First on the list is prospect Nathan Moon, Pittsburgh’s 4th round pick in last year’s draft. Here are his final stats with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) this past campaign. He has been assigned to wear #58.
Games Played – 62
Goals – 32
Assists – 40
Points – 72
PIM – 81
Second, is another Penguins draft choice (3rd round – 2007) defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. A large 6’4, 207 lb right-handed shooting D-man had an injury-riddled year. As he returned, he posted the following stats. He will wear jersey #59.
Games Played – 23
Goals – 1
Assists – 16
Points – 17
PIM – 24
Current prospect Luca Caputi got into a fight with Bortuzzo in the 2007-2008 OHL season.
Finally, an undrafted defenseman out of Union College (NCAA) was brought in on an ATO. In three years of his playing career, he has posted over 100 penalty minutes, most notably in 2005-2006 where he served 101 PIMs in only 29 games. He will don jersey #23. Here are his stats from his final collegiate year.
Games Played – 39
Goals – 8
Assists – 14
Points – 22
PIM – 30
Check out Lane Caffaro going top shelf on a Clarkson college goaltender.
To sum up, the Penguins still have prospects competing in their junior rank playoffs that can be signed to two-way contracts including Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Alex Grant, Kevin Veilleux, Joey Haddad, Eric Tangradi, and G Patrick Killeen.
Stay tuned for more to come including the WB/S Weekly Report covering G John Curry’s AHL-leading 31st win of the season, and in-depth AHL playoff coverage.