The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph from the taxi squad on an emergency basis, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Joseph, 21, will be looking to make his NHL debut tonight against the New York Rangers.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound defenseman spent his first professional season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League in 2019-20. In 52 games in WBS last season, Joseph recorded three goals, 14 assists and 17 points with a plus-2. His 17 points and plus-2 ranked second among all WBS defensemen.
Before turning professional, Joseph played four seasons in the QMJHL with the Charlottetown Islanders and Drummondville Voltigeurs from 2015-19. The defenseman recorded 29 goals, 111 assists, 140 points and a plus-47 in 235 career QMJHL games. In the playoffs, he tallied 30 points (5G-25A) and a plus-16 in 59 games. The Laval, QC native represented Charlottetown as captain in his final two seasons with the team.
The Penguins acquired Joseph from the Arizona Coyotes on June 29, 2019 along with Alex Galchenyuk in exchange for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round draft pick. Joseph was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.