Obviously everyone wants to talk about the BIG move the Penguins made in acquiring Phil Kessel, Tim Erixon and Tyler Biggs, but this article will look at the signings Pittsburgh made today to sure up their depth in multiple positions.
(F) Conor Sheary (ELC Amount not found)
Signed to an Entry Level Contract by the Penguins, Sheary who is 23 is a winger whom the team really likes. He is someone who could develop into a solid bottom six player as early as this season. Scoring 20 goals and 45 points last season for Wilkes-Barre you can be sure he will get a taste of NHL action this coming season.
The biggest concern for him is his size. at 5’9″ and 175lbs He will need to make use of his skill so not to get bullied around in the NHL.
(D) Steve Oleksy (1 year 2-way deal for $575,000)
A 6′ 194lb defenseman who brings depth to the blue-line. Ideally I see him as taking the spot Scott Harrington (who was traded earlier) would have had on the roster this season. He will fight for ice time on the Penguins but will probably see more time in Wilkes-Barre than anything.
He did play 62 games last season with the Washington Capitals scoring 3 goals and 19 points. Obviously he was brought in more for his defensive abilities than his offensive.
(D) David Warsofsky (1 year 2-way deal for $600,000)
At 5’8″ and 170lbs don’t look for Warsofsky to do too much with his body. He has played in a total of 10 NHL games over the last few seasons notching 1 goal and 3 points. This acquisition was more to reload Wilkes-Barre with some defensive talent since Pouliot and Dumoulin will most likely make the big team next season.
(F) Kael Mouillierat (1 year 2-way deal for $575,000)
Kael is solely a pick up for Wilkes-Barre. He has only played in 6 NHL games notching 1 goal and 1 assist. Unlikely Pens fans will see him in Pittsburgh this season.
(F) Kevin Porter (1 year 2-way deal for $575,000)
Much like Kael, Kevin was signed solely for playing in Wilkes-Barre. While he does have 206 NHL games under his belt, he also boasts being the 14th most sought after AHL free agent this summer.
(F) Sergei Plotnikov (1 year ELC amount not fount)
There was a lot of talk about Plotnikov about a week or so ago. He has skill, grit and a nice scoring touch. At 6′ and 209lbs he will also bring size to the Penguins.
GM Jim Rutherford believes Plotnikov to be a Top Six Forward. Its safe to be that he will most likely fit in next to Malkin on his Left Wing.
Well so far that has been day 1 of the 2015 Free Agent Frenzy. Check back later for a little dissection of what the Pens now look like and what else needs done before the start of training camp.
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– Robert Slavinsky