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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled center Erik Christensen and defenseman Ryan Whitney, from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.

Christensen, 21, currently ranks third in the American Hockey League with 19 points (9+10) in nine games and is tied for third in the league in goals, ranks fourth in assists, is tied for eighth with six power-play assists and is tied for ninth with a plus-7 rating.  Christensen was named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 23rd.

Christensen, has a goal in each of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s past five games, has a five-game point streak (5+8) and a four-game assist streak (eight assists).

The 6-1 and 196 pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was drafted by the Penguins in the third round (69th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.  Christensen is in his second pro season, recording 27 points (14+13) in 77 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2004-05.

Whitney, 22, leads all American Hockey League defensemen with 14 points and five goals and is tied for second among AHL defensemen with nine assists.  Whitney is tied for eighth in the AHL in scoring, ranks first with three game-winning goals, tied for eighth with nine assists, tied for fourth with seven power-play assists and tied for ninth with a plus-7 rating.

Whitney appeared in all 80 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2004-05 season, recording 41 points (6+35) to rank fourth among AHL rookies in assists and 10th in points.  Whitney led all team defensemen in scoring during 2004-05.

The 6-4 and 215 pound native of Boston, MA was drafted by the Penguins in the first round (5th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.  Whitney made his pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season, after leading Boston University in scoring with 25 points (9+16) in 38 games.  Whitney recorded 10 points (1+9) in 20 games during the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs, ranking him fourth among league defensemen and fifth among rookies in scoring.

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