Josh Jooris wasn’t likely to get into a game with the Pittsburgh Penguins anytime soon, so the team has assigned him back to the AHL for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ upcoming first round series. The WBS Penguins take on the Charlotte Checkers later this evening in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Jooris had actually been placed on waivers according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, explaining how he was able to be sent down now that he has cleared.
Jooris was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this season in exchange for Greg McKegg, as a depth option for the Penguins. He ended up playing in nine games for them as they dealt with injury down the stretch, but wasn’t expected to crack the playoff lineup.
Headed for unrestricted free agency this summer, it seems unlikely that the 27-year old forward will secure a one-way deal. Though he did play 40 NHL games this season, he registered just six points and doesn’t have much upside. Instead, he’ll likely have to take a two-way deal and prove himself in the minor leagues or sit as an extra forward.