Dea Returns To Penguins

Simon to IR

Jim Colony
December 07, 2018 - 11:28 am
JS Dea

Charles LeClaire USA Today

14 hours after Patric Hornqvist left the Penguins' 6-2 win over the Islanders, the Pens recalled forward Jean-Sebastien Dea from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 

Hornqvist, who was coming off a hat trick in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Colorado, did not play after the first period because of an "undisclosed injury" which begged the question - was it related to his recent concussion? "I don't know the answer to that," said Mike Sullivan who said he would have further information today but the team cancelled today's practice so we don't expect any word until after Saturday's morning skate in Ottawa.  Hornqvist missed 4 games after suffering a concussion in Boston November 23rd then scored the fastest hat trick in franchise history his first game back.

Although Dea was clearly called up because of the  Hornqvist injury, it was forward Dominik Simon placed on injured reserve with his lower body injury. Without Hornqvist lagainst the Islanders, Sullivan moved Phil Kessel to Sidney Crosby's line with Jake Guentzel and over the last 2 periods they each had 3 points - Kessel 2 G 1A, Crosby 1G 2A, Guentzel 3A.  Kessel had assisted on one of Kris Letang's first period goals for a 4-point night.

The 24-year old Dea was re-claimed by the Penguins off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on November 29. He played 20 games this season for the Devils with 3 goals and 2 assists. Oddly enough, both assists came against the Pens back on November 5 at PPG Paints Arena. Since re-joining the Penguins’ organization, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Dea has collected two assists in two games with WBS. Dea was one of the Penguins’ final roster cuts at the end of this year’s preseason after he notched one helper in two games. New Jersey claimed him off waivers on September 28.

Last season, Dea - an undrafted free agent - was named the WBS Penguins’ team MVP after establishing a career high with 50 points (18G-32A) in 70 games at the AHL level.