The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Connor James from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
James, 26, has scored 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 26 games, currently ranking fifth in points on the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins. He also ranks fourth on the team with a plus-7 rating this season.
James played a total of 13 games in six recall stints to Pittsburgh during the 2007-08 season. He made his Penguins debut on Dec, 15th 2007 vs. the New York Islanders and recorded his first NHL goal on Feb. 26th vs. the New York Islanders after being recalled earlier that day. The Calgary, Alberta native registered 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 64 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, last season. His 28 assists tied for third on the club. James posted 13 points (eight goals, five assists), including two game-winning goals, in 23 playoff games as he helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton advance to the Calder Cup Finals.
The 5-10, 180-pound forward originally signed by the Penguins as a free agent on August 9th, 2006. He scored 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 70 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2006-07 season. James made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season playing two games with the Los Angeles Kings. Prior to his professional career, he played three seasons at the University of Denver helping the team to the 2004 NCAA Championship.