The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they’ve officially recalled forward Josh Jooris from the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an emergency basis.
Here’s the full press release from the Penguins organization:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Josh Jooris on an emergency basis from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Jooris, 27, has played in two games with the Penguins since being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the Trading Deadline. Overall this year, Jooris has skated in 33 NHL games with the Pens and Hurricanes, producing six points (3G-3A).
The Penguins are currently in a stretch of four days without a game. They return to game action this Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 PM when they visit the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center. One night later, on March 21, the Pens return home to host the Montreal Canadiens at 7:00 PM at PPG Paints Arena. Both games will be televised on AT&T SportsNet, or you can listen on the team's radio flagship, 105.9 The X.
It’s expected that Jooris will take Carter Rowney’s spot on the fourth line, as Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Rowney will be out long-term with an upper body injury.
As stated in the Penguins' release, the 27 year old Jooris has played in 33 NHL games this season, although just two with the Penguins after being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline. The former Hurricanes and Calgary Flames forward has put up three goals and six points this season, but has 23 goals and 55 points in 206 career NHL games. Additionally, Jooris has played four games for the WBS Penguins in the AHL this season, scoring just a single goal.
As for Rowney, the big man has been limited to just 44 games this season and has produced two goals and five assists. While his loss from the lineup won't necessarily cripple the team heading down the stretch drive and into the playoffs, it just goes to show the importance of acquiring veteran depth at the trade deadline. You done good, GM Jim Rutherford.