The Penguins got some help on the injury front tonight as the team announced that they’ve activated center Ryan Poehling off injured reserve. The 23-year-old had missed the last three games due to an upper-body injury. Poehling is in his first season with Pittsburgh after coming over in a summer trade from Montreal and has been a fixture in their bottom six, collecting eight points in 30 games while logging a little over 11 minutes per night. To make room for Poehling on the roster, winger Drake Caggiula has been sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Caggiula has played in just three games with Pittsburgh so far this season but has 14 points in 23 games at the minor league level.
More from the Metropolitan:
- Lucas Johansen’s latest stint with the Capitals has come to an end as the team announced that they’ve returned the defenseman to Hershey of the AHL. The 25-year-old was recalled on Tuesday following the roster freeze being lifted but didn’t play. Johansen has suited up twice with Washington so far this season while he has a goal and an assist in 13 games with the Bears in the minors. Johansen’s assignment suggests that blueliner Martin Fehervary is ready to return from his upper-body injury.
- The Flyers don’t have a second-round pick next summer as a result of the Rasmus Ristolainen trade. However, as Charlie O’Connor of The Athletic notes (subscription link), it is possible for Philadelphia to get one next summer for Jay O’Brien. Assuming they don’t sign the 2018 first-rounder, they’d receive the 19th pick of the second round as compensation. Normally, since O’Brien plays in college, his free agency wouldn’t start until mid-August which would push the compensatory pick to 2024. That said, if Philadelphia wants the 2023 selection, there is an appeal process that could play out which would allow O’Brien to become a free agent in June, allowing them to get the second-rounder a year earlier.