The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Connor James and Ryan Stone from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an emergency basis, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
James enters his fifth stint this season and has played eight games over four previous recalls with Pittsburgh. He was recalled on February 26th vs. the New York Islanders and recorded his first NHL goal. He made his Penguins debut on December 15th vs. the New York Islanders during his first recall to Pittsburgh. James has registered 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 53 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. He is currently tied for third on the team in assists (24). 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.
Stone enters his third stint this season and has played five games over two prior recalls with the Penguins. He played one game after being recalled on February 4th. He was first recalled on January 7th and played four games for the club before being reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 25th. Stone made his NHL debut on January 10th vs. Tampa Bay. He has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 52 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Stone was originally selected by the Penguins in the second round (32nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Draft.