The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Connor James and Nathan Smith from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) on an emergency basis, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
James is in his third stint with the Penguins and has appeared in five games this season. He has registered 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 49 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. James was originally signed by the Penguins as a free agent on August 9th, 2006. He made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season playing two games with the Los Angeles Kings.
Smith has played 12 games for the Penguins this season after being recalled January 28th. He ranks third in scoring for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) playing in 44 games for the club this season. He registered a nine-game point streak from December 15th to January 2nd recording 13 points (five goals, eight assists). Smith also served as team captain of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. He was signed by the Penguins as a free agent on July 12th, 2007. Smith has played four career games in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, the club that drafted him in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2000 NHL Draft.