Dea Returning To Penguins
Shortly after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins snapped a five-game losing streak in Hershey, the good news kept coming on Thursday afternoon.
This time, it was the return of a fan favorite.
The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea on waivers and subsequently reassigned him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, reuniting him with the team he has played for 262 times.
Dea had three goals and two assists in five games with the New Jersey Devils, who claimed the 24-year-old on waivers from Pittsburgh before the start of the regular season. Because Pittsburgh was the team that claimed him before Thursday’s noon deadline, the Quebec native did not need to clear waivers again to be reassigned to the AHL.
Dea has been a mainstay with the Penguins the past few seasons, ranking 10th all-time in regular season games played and seventh in goals (66). He needs only nine scores to tie Tim Wallace for third in franchise history.
The speedy forward should be able to help the Penguins in a variety of facets, including their ailing penalty kill and overall scoring depth. He was named Team MVP last season after recording 50 points (18G-32A) in 70 games.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton plays tonight at Rochester and Saturday afternoon at Toronto. It was unclear if Dea would be available for either or both of those games.
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