On Tuesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Penguins reduced their camp roster by two more by sending forward Tom Kuhnhackl and defenseman Harrison Ruopp down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The twenty-one year old Kuhnhackl was the Penguins’ fourth round (110th overall) selection in the 2010 NHL draft, and appeared in one preseason game this season. In that game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 15, Kuhnhackl registered two assists and was a plus-one. The German winger appeared in eleven games with the Penguins of the AHL, and scored four points (two goals, two assists). During his career, Kuhnhackl has dealt with several injuries. A shoulder injury cut short his first season as a pro last year, and before that he missed time with a knee injury after hitting, Carolina Hurricanes prospect, Ryan Murphy in an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) game. He was given a twenty-game suspension for the hit.
Harrison Ruopp turned pro late last season after his junior career with the Prince Albert Raiders was finished. Even though he joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he didn’t see any game action with their crowded defense core. Ruopp came to the Penguins in the trade that sent Zbynek Michalek back to the Phoenix Coyotes. The twenty-year old defenseman didn’t see any action with Pittsburgh during the preseason, but is expected to be a noticeable contributor in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Both players are said to be dealing with injuries at the moment, but the severities of them are unknown.