Alexander Pechurskiy has had a complex season, going from being teamless early in the CHL season to signing a professional tryout contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

The 20-year-old is best known among Pittsburgh Penguin fans as the youngster who signed a one-day contract to back up third string goalie John Curry during a Western Conference road trip last season.

Going from the Tri-City Americans of the WHL to the NHL in a day may have been overwhelming for the Russian then-teen, but, when he was called upon to save the game following a Curry meltdown, Pechurskiy handled himself quite well, stopping 12 of 13 shots and earning the game’s number three star.

While still considered to be a long way from NHL-ready, Pechurskiy, the 2008 fifth round draft selection (150th overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has taken yet another step on the organizational ladder.

According to the Penguins team site, Pechurskiy “appeared in 21 games with the Mississippi River Kings (CHL), fashioning a 10-8-0 record, a 2.74 goals-against average and save percentage of .898. He also posted a record of 2-0-1 record in three appearances with the Tri-City Americans (WHL).”