Penguins finalize 23-man roster, open season in Philly Wednesday

Team also announced six-man COVID taxi squad

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Pens finalized their roster on Monday with the opener Wednesday in Philadelphia. No surprises really with the regular roster with Colton Sceviour and Mark Jankowski as a couple of new forwards.

Due to the pandemic this season, the team allowed a six-man taxi squad.  A couple of top farmhands will start the season traveling with the team in case of emergency, but will practice separately.

Forwards Anthony Angello, Drew O’Connor and Frederick Gaudreau, defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph and goalies Alex D’Orio and Maxime Lagace.

Angello played in eight NHL games last year, the 2014 fifth round pick had 16 goals and 25 points in 48 games in the AHL last year.

O’Connor has some size after signing out of Dartmouth, 6’3”, 190 pounds and played a couple of years in college with 38 goals and 21 assists, one of the leading scorers in NCAA hockey last year with 21 goals. O’Connor played in Norway briefly before rejoining the Pens and head coach Mike Sullivan pointed him out as a player who has impressed him this camp.

Gaudreau had a couple of game-winning goals against the Pens while playing for Nashville in the Stanley Cup Final a couple of years ago.  The 6’ speedy forward is trying to work his way back to the NHL after 48 games and 28 points in the AHL last year.

Pierre Olivier-Joseph played in 52 games last year with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 17 points and was fourth on the team in plus/minus.  A former number one draft pick of Arizona and just 21 years-old, the defenseman came over in the Phil Kessel trade.

D’Orio, 6’2”, 209 pounds, played 31 games with the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL last year with a 3.43 goals against average and .892 save percentage.  Lagace, 6’2” 190 pounds, is a 27-year-old spent six years in the AHL and played 17 in the NHL with the Vegas Golden Knights, 3.92 GAA and .868 save percentage.