The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Forwards Scott Wilson and Conor Sheary have been re-assigned to WBS.
Kuhnhackl, 23, will be looking to make his NHL debut on Saturday night against the Canadiens. The fourth-year forward has 15 points (7G-8A) and is plus-10 in 23 AHL games with WBS this year.
A 6-foot-2, 196-pound winger, Kuhnhackl began the year injured, but reeled off a five-game point streak (3G-4A-7PTS) once he returned to the WBS lineup beginning on Oct. 23.
Last season the Landshut, Germany native established career highs across the board, scoring 12 goals, 18 assists and 30 points in 72 games. He has totaled 59 points (29G-30A) in 154 career AHL regular-season games with WBS and two assists in 10 playoff contests.
Pittsburgh’s fourth-round (110th overall) draft pick in 2010, Kuhnhackl is the son of Erich Kuhnhackl, who was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named the German hockey player of the century in 2000.
Rust, 23, was recalled to Pittsburgh for the third time this year. Earlier in the season he was scoreless with a plus-2 in five games. Rust also missed 15 games with an upper-body injury before returning to WBS once he recovered.
The Pontiac, Michigan native has six points (3G-3A) in 16 AHL games this year, which includes goals in two of his last three games.
Rust, who stands 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, has played in 19 career NHL games, registering one goal and one assist.
Pittsburgh’s third-round (80th overall) selection in 2010, Rust has 33 points (16G-17A) in 63 career AHL regular-season games. He’s added two goals in four AHL playoff contests.