The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
In eight games with Pittsburgh, Lovejoy collected three assists and a plus-5 rating. He finished with a plus or even rating in all eight games and notched his first career NHL point (an assist) Nov. 14 vs. Boston. During his stint, Lovejoy saw action on the Penguins’ power-play and penalty-killing units while averaging nearly 18 minutes per game (17:53).
Lovejoy, 25, tops all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen with four goals (tied) and ranks second in points (11), assists (7) and shots (81) despite missing 10 games while playing in Pittsburgh.
The Canaan, New Hampshire native led the entire AHL with a 42-plus rating last season to go with his 31 points (7G-24A), the most among the team’s defenseman, in 76 games with WBS. For his efforts, Lovejoy was named to the AHL PlanetUSA All-Star Team and made his NHL debut by appearing in two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.