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Pens Recall Blandisi, Di Pauli, and Czuczman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Joseph Blandisi, Thomas Di Pauli, and defenseman Kevin Czuczman from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Blandisi, 25, has appeared in 16 games with Pittsburgh this season, recording two goals and two assists. His latest goal came in the Penguins' 5-2 win in Edmonton on December 20.

With the WBS Penguins this season, the Markham, Ontario native has appeared in 13 games, recording seven points (3G-4A).

Blandisi has played in parts of five seasons in the NHL, compiling 30 points (10G-20A) in 96 games with Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Anaheim.

Di Pauli, 25, has skated in 19 games for WBS this season, recording four goals, five assists and nine points. He is looking to make his NHL debut. 

In 127 career AHL games, all with WBS, the Woodbridge, Illinois native has tallied 25 goals, 21 assists, and 46 points.

During the 2017-18 season, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Di Pauli enjoyed his best campaign as a professional, netting 12 goals and 20 points in 58 games with WBS.

Czuczman, 28, has played in 13 NHL games, all with the New York Islanders in 2013-14, recording two assists. If the Port Elgin, Ontario native sees action, it will be his first with Pittsburgh. 

This season with WBS as an alternate captain, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Czuczman tallied one goal, seven assists, eight points and a plus-6 in 21 games.

In 357 career AHL games, split between Bridgeport, Manitoba, and WBS, Czuczman has notched 118 points (23G-95A).

Pittsburgh returns to action after a five-day holiday break tonight, Friday, December 27 against the Nashville Predators. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM ET at Bridgestone Arena. The Penguins turnaround and host the Predators on Saturday, December 28 at PPG Paints Arena with a 7:00 PM ET puck drop.

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