Defenseman Joseph Morrow, the Penguins’ 2011 first round pick, was sent back to his junior hockey club, the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, following an impressive preseason campaign that lead many to speculate he would start the season with the Penguins.
The moves mean that Richard Park, Joe Vitale and Mark Letestu, three players battling for one of the few forward spots remaining, will open the season with the club. Crosby’s return is still indefinite, but Jeffrey could return sooner rather than later, and once that happens, the Penguins will be forced to make another decision.
One minor surprise was Brooks Orpik not being assigned to injured reserve. Orpik, recovering from off-season surgery, did not feature for the Penguins in the preseason. Many speculated that Morrow, would start with the Penguins while Orpik recovered, but apparently that was not the case.