Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has announced that the team has recalled forward Jean-Sebastien Dea from the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The 23-year-old Dea is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s third-leading scorer this season with nine goals and 23 points in 36 games. He’s on pace to establish new career highs in both assists and points and is riding a hot streak with nine points in his last 10 games. He has recorded at least one point in eight games over the same stretch.
The 5’11”, 175 pound Laval, Quebec product made his Pittsburgh debut last season, playing just a single game in the team’s regular season finale against the New York Rangers. Dea originally signed with Pittsburgh as a free-agent in the 2013 offseason and has spent the past four seasons compiing 114 points in 228 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Does the kid have what it takes to stick in the NHL? We’ll find out. Puck drops for the Penguins tonight at 10pm against the Anaheim Ducks and it’s expected that Dea will slot onto the team’s fourth line.
Go, Pens, go!