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Catching up with active Penguins

May 27, 2024, 3:18 PM ET [1 Comments]
Ryan Wilson
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There are some Penguins who have been playing some hockey lately so here are some updates on how things are going.

Over the ocean at the World Championships the Penguins Swedish defense pairing ended up earning a gold medal.

Karlsson’s 11 points came in only ten games. While Pettersson was a half point per game player in the tournament. For Pettersson this comes off the back of his career high 30 points this past season. He’s really settled into a Paul Martin type role with the teams he plays on and I mean that as a high compliment.

Michael Bunting had four points in ten games for the fourth place Canadian team.

Jesse Puljujarvi had five points in eight games. Any work he can get in is a good thing. I think it was a great thing for him to go over and play in the tournament given his injury situation. It would really be helpful if he gave the team some solid depth minutes next year now that he’s not coming in fresh off the double hip surgery.

Valtteri Puustinen had two points in seven games. I’m hoping the Penguins can come into camp with enough roster depth where Puustinen isn’t guaranteed a spot. Not as much a knock on him as it would mean they have more legit options to choose from, unlike this past year.

One of those options could be pending free agent, Ondrej Kase. He finished the tournament with seven points in ten games for the championship Czechia team.

Then there’s another player of interest to the Penguins who wasn’t at the World Championships. Brayden Yager is having himself a great spring after a really nice regular season for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He had 35 goals and 95 points in only 57 games in the regular season. In the playoffs he has 11 goals and 27 points in 20 games. His team won the WHL championship and is now vying for the Memorial Cup. Against host Saginaw the Warriors were down 4-0 when Yager scored twice which led to his team making a go of it down 4-3. They ultimately lost 5-4, but Yager had added another assist at that point. He’s doing his part and this has been an encouraging season for the Penguins prospect.

Looking ahead to next year for Yager it is likely he will spend yet another season in junior hockey because of the ludicrous CHL transfer agreement. If he was turning 20 years old by December 31st he would be eligible for the AHL. His birthday is... January 3rd.

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