The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Joe Morrow from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Morrow, 20, will be looking to make his NHL debut Sunday night against New Jersey. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound blueliner has spent his first professional season with WBS, tallying 10 points (2G-8A) in 39 games played.
Morrow, who was drafted by the Penguins in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has posted two points (1G-1A) and a plus-5 rating over his last nine AHL games.
The Edmonton, Alberta native spent the previous four seasons playing for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Last season, Morrow was named to the WHL First-Team All-Star squad after ranking second among all WHL D-men with 64 points (17G-47A) in 62 regular-season games.
Morrow’s 17 postseason points (4G-13A) in 2011-12 tied him with fellow Portland teammate and Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot for the lead among WHL blueliners. The duo helped lead the Winterhawks to the WHL final.
Morrow’s father, Dave, was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1977 NHL Draft and played with the Indianapolis Racers of the now-defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). His brother, Josh, was drafted 203rd overall by the Nashville Predators in 2002.