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Penguins Re-Assign Forward Eric Tangradi and Defensemen Simon Despres and Brian Strait to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 11:51 AM / News
Eric Tangradi
Left Wing - PIT
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 3 | +/-: 2
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Eric Tangradi and defensemen Simon Despres and Brian Strait to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

All three players appeared in Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff series against Philadelphia – with Despres and Strait making their NHL postseason debuts.

Simon Despres
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 0
SOG: 1 | +/-: 2
The trio will join WBS for Game 3 of its best-of-five series against Hershey on Wednesday night. WBS currently holds a 2-0 series following back-to-back home wins in Games 1 and 2 over the weekend.

Tangradi, 23, played in two postseason contests, recording his first NHL playoff point with an assist in Game 4. Tangradi played in 24 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, collecting two assists.

Brian Strait
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 0
SOG: 2 | +/-: 3
Despres, 20, went scoreless with a plus-2 rating while averaging 9:18 minutes in three playoff games after making his NHL playoff debut in Game 4. During the regular season, Despres played in 18 games with Pittsburgh, tallying four points (1G-3A) and a plus-5 rating.

Strait, 24, also appeared in three playoff games after making his NHL postseason debut in Game 4. He led the team with a plus-3 rating while averaging 9:35 minutes. Strait played in nine regular-season games with the Penguins, notching one assist.
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