Penguins Recall Defenseman P.O Joseph from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman P.O Joseph from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.

Defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel have been added to the NHL’s Covid-19 Protocol List.

Joseph, 22, has helped WBS jump out to a 5-1-0-1 record this season, recording three assists in six games. His three points are tied for fourth on the team and are tied for first among team defensemen.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman has 16 games of NHL experience, tallying one goal, four assists and five points, all of which came during the 2020-21 campaign. In 81 career AHL games, Joseph has accumulated 33 points (4G-29A).

The Penguins acquired Joseph from the Arizona Coyotes on June 29, 2019 along with Alex Galchenyuk in exchange for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round draft pick. Joseph was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.

The Penguins return to action this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena.

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