Monday, December 04, 2006

Pens demote Welch, call up two

The Penguins have sent Noah Welch to Wilkes-Barre. They recalled Micki Dupont and Alain Nasreddine, both defensemen, from Wilkes-Barre.

I'm disappointed to see Welch go down, but he was averaging less ice time than any other D, and he was a -4 in his past 5 games. I think he has a big future here in the NHL, and hopefully he'll be back soon.

Dupont is here for one reason - the Pens want and need a right-handed shot on the power play. He'll be stationed out there to deliver just that. Remember early in the year how Letang could change the PP a bit with his shot? I'm thinking we'll see similar things out of Dupont, only Micki probably won't look as out of place as Letang did.

Nasreddine is, like Ouellet, a favorite of Therrien from his days in Wilkes-Barre. He's a solid D guy that probably won't be here very long. I'd count on him to be a stabilizing force while he's here.

Hat tip to Will for pointing this out in the comments!

Source - Tribune Review

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