Pens Call Up Forward Chris Conner

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today they have recalled forward Chris Conner from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. From the team:

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Conner, 26, is tied for second on the team in scoring with nine points (3G-6A), helping WBS to an East Division leading 10-1 record for 20 points.

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Conner, who has played 79 career NHL games, originally signed with the Penguins organization prior to the 2009-10 season. In that campaign, he appeared in eight games – and one postseason contest – with Pittsburgh, totaling two goals and three points.

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Conner (5-foot-8, 180 pounds) completed his first year with WBS in 2009-10, ranking second on the team in points (56) and assists (37), while chipping in 19 goals in 59 contests. He added four playoff points (2G-2A) in four games for WBS.

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The Pens have 13 forwards — Mike Comrie, who’s been used as a winger, missed practice yesterday and may be the player who can't play tonight. If Conner is inserted in the lineup tonight, enforcer Eric Godard is the likely healthy scratch.

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Conner scored two goals in one NHL game last year, both assisted by Sidney Crosby. Aside from that game, Conner has no goals and one assist in seven more NHL appearances last season.

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