The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins received it’s first group of players from Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The parent club sent down forwards Paul Thompson, Tom Kostopoulos, Brian Gibbons and Dominik Uher, and defensemen Clark Seymour, Reid McNeill and Nick D’Agostino as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s training camp prepares to begin within the next several days.
Thompson, Gibbons and Uher were regulars on last season’s roster. Thompson, 24, set career highs with 20 goals, 29 points and 84 penalty minutes last season while Gibbons contributed eight points in 15 playoff games. Uher was a rookie last year, playing on the third and fourth lines, and totaled 61 penalty minutes in 53 games.
Kostopoulos had a brief stint with the team, signing a tryout offer and appearing in 17 games last season before signing with the New Jersey Devils. McNeill appeared in three regular season games and 12 playoff contests and is entering his rookie season in the AHL.
Seymour, 20, spent the last four seasons in juniors, and D’Agostino is turning pro after wrapping up a four-year career in the college ranks with Cornell University.
Pittsburgh also signed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to a three-year entry-level contract.
The contract will begin when Dea turns pro. Dea, 19, had an impressive rookie tournament that earned him an invite to Pittsburgh’s training camp, where he scored a goal in a intrasquad scrimmage game.
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Dea has played the past two seasons with the Rouyn-Roranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Last year he finished 11th in the league with 85 points (45G-40A) in 68 regular-season games.
Pittsburgh also re-assigned 11 players on Tuesday. Dea, goaltenders Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry and forward Matia Marcantuoni were sent back to their respective junior teams.