Pens Forward Josh Jooris Might Be Set To Make His Pens Debut

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Jooris Joins Penguins As Injuries Accumulate

One Of The Pens Deadline Acquisitions Could Be Set To Make His Penguins Debut

March 09, 2018 - 4:26 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The FAN) - At the trade deadline, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was able to acquire forward Josh Jooris from Carolina in an attempt to add depth and insurance in case of injury at the NHL level.

While Rutherford surely hoped that would not be necessary, the realities of a rigorous NHL season often dictate otherwise.

On Friday, Jooris took his spot with the Penguins due to injuries to forwards Bryan Rust, Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon.

“Feels really good,” Jooris said. “It’s obviously an unbelievable organization and to get on opportunity like this to come in and try to help out, it’s just unbelievable. It’s a bunch of great guys and I’m just excited to get going.”

Jooris has scored one goal in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“Number one, he’s a guy that can play center and play the wing,” Mike Sullivan said. “He’s a good penalty killer. He has experience in this league and he’s playing extremely well down there.”

Jooris centered the fourth line in practice Friday, flanked by Tom Kuhnhackl and Carter Rowney.

“It’s a 200-foot game, a little versatility, Jooris added. “Whether it’s center ice or up the wing, I just like to bring an energy and make it hard on opposing d-men and just be a smart player out there and be reliable.”

Sullivan noted that Rust has been diagnosed with a concussion, Aston-Reese is “making progress” with an upper-body injury and Simon is going to be out “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury.

Goaltender Matt Murray, who was diagnosed with a concussion on February 27, continues to progress, having taken “controlled shots” before practice Friday, per Sullivan. ​