On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Penguins and executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford announced they recalled forward Josh Jooris on an emergency basis from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, where has appeared in three games, scoring one goal.
Injuries to Dominik Simon (Lower Body) and Bryan Rust (Upper Body), sustained during Wednesday evening’s game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, left both players questionable for Saturday’s tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jooris, 27, was acquired by the Penguins from the Hurricanes in exchange for Greg McKegg on Feb. 26.
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The Penguins have been looking to add a solid centre for their fourth line and Jooris may be that missing piece. Jooris saw some work at Pittsburgh’s practice Friday, centring a line with Carter Rowney and Tom Kuhnhackl.
Jooris joined the NHL in 2013 as an undrafted free-agent out of Union College and is a veteran of 204 career NHL games. He has spent time with the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes, scoring 23 goals and 55 points. His best season came in 2014-15 when he scored 12 goals and added 12 assists for 24 points in 60 games with the Flames.
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TORONTO,ON – DECEMBER 19: Josh Jooris #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes waits for a puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 19, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Hurricanes 8-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)