Last season seven players were called up to Pittsburgh from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. This season’s roster has a few veterans familiar with the uncertainty of being called up to the parent club, and a few mainstays looking for their first chance to play an NHL game. Here’s a look at the top 10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton players most likely to be called up to Pittsburgh this season:
1. RW Chris Conner — Speedy winger spent parts of the last four seasons in the NHL, including 60 games with Pittsburgh in 2010-11.
2. C Andrew Ebbett — Has 191 games of NHL experience, along with 25 goals.
3. D Brendan Mikkelson — Steady defenseman has 131 NHL games with three clubs. Still only 26 years old.
4. D Simon Despres — Came close to making Pittsburgh’s roster out of training camp. Played in 51 games with the big club over the last two seasons.
5. D Brian Dumoulin — Second-year pro could move up the list with a solid start.
6. C Zach Sill — Entering his fifth year with the organization. Physical play and penalty kill strength have put him on Pittsburgh’s radar.
7. LW Harry Zolnierczyk — Agitating winger has 44 NHL games with Philadelphia. Solid skating helps his chances.
8. C Nick Drazenovic — Has proven he can score in the AHL. With only 11 NHL games hasn’t had much of a shot to replicate that success.
9. RW Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond — Would need to sign an NHL contract. The loss of Steve MacIntyre leaves PL3 as the only enforcer in the organization.
10. C Jayson Megna — Slick playmaker and fast on his skates. Pittsburgh took a good look at him in training camp.
On the bubble — RW Paul Thompson, LW Bobby Farnham, D Philip Samuelsson