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Penguins’ Prow Selected For AHL All-Star Classic

January 4, 2019

With the amount of talented players spread across the American Hockey League, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Ethan Prow doesn’t take any potential accolades for granted.

But in the back of his mind, he knew his breakout season might just be good enough to send him to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 27-28. On Thursday, his optimism became certainty.

The 26-year-old Prow was selected to represent Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the Atlantic Division by a committee of league coaches, marking the Minnesota native’s first chance to compete in the league’s annual skills showcase.

“It’s good, any time you can do it and represent the Penguins,” Prow said after practice at the Toyota SportsPlex. “It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime (thing) you can do. I’ve never been a part of something like that. So, I’m pretty excited.”

Prow, in his third season with the Penguins, has a career-high 10 goals (tied for second-most among league defensemen) and 22 points. A lot of his offense has also come at important spots late in games, with the Penguins either trying to rally or looking for added insurance.

Each of the league’s four divisions will be represented by 12 players, with each team sending at least one person. Among the other notable selections for the Atlantic were Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek, former Penguin and current Lehigh Valley Phantom Colin McDonald and Charlotte Checkers forward Janne Kuokkanen.

The rosters are subject to change, with injuries and transactions often leading to replacement selections leading up to the event. Last season, Daniel Sprong and Casey DeSmith were chosen from the Penguins, but DeSmith was unable to attend when he was called up to Pittsburgh.

Prow will also take part in the Skills Competition, and he said he’ll try to keep his mindset as loose as possible throughout the two days.

“I’ll basically take anything that’s given, just kinda run with it and try to have a fun time,” Prow said. “That’s kind of what it’s there for, but also just remember that you’re representing your team. Have a fun time and do a good job.”

Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli said Prow deserves the honor after the work he put in over the summer and through the first three months.

“We’re happy that he’s getting recognized for how good he is,” Donatelli said. “We’ve known how good of a player he is.”

Wilson suspended

The news for the Penguins was not all good on Thursday, as forward Garrett Wilson received a two-game suspension for his illegal check to the head in Monday’s win over Binghamton. The team captain will miss tonight’s game against Grand Rapids and Saturday’s game against Milwaukee.

Wilson received a match penalty for the hit on Nathan Bastian and was ejected from the game. Bastian did return to the ice, but hits to the head have been a point of emphasis for the league and throughout hockey. So, the additional discipline isn’t necessarily a surprise.

The Penguins have a couple forwards that can take his vacant spot in the lineup, including Jarrett Burton, Ryan Scarfo and recent Wheeling call-up Cam Brown.

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