Penguins’ Forward Blueger Gets Call Back To Pittsburgh

January 30, 2019

Teddy Blueger is having a career season and now may be on the verge of his first NHL game.

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh recalled the third-year Latvian forward, who leads the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in goals (21) and points (39). The team is scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. tonight.

Blueger was called up to the parent club last season, but did not appear in any games. He is Wlkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time leader in plus-minus, and he was on a five-game point streak heading into the AHL all-star break.

The 24-year-old has developed a reputation as one of the hardest workers on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he has been vocal about his confidence and ability to contribute in the NHL. This season, forwards Garrett Wilson and Zach Aston-Reese have spent extensive time with Pittsburgh.

“You watch those games and see those guys doing well, (and) you can’t help but wish you were in their shoes,” Blueger said in December. “You see how well they’re doing and you think, ‘I could probably do that, too.’”

His absence will add another roster wrinkle for for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which has been without Ben Sexton and Sam Lafferty as the two recover from injuries. The team’s next game is 7:05 p.m. Friday against Cleveland.

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