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Pittsburgh Penguins Recall Forwards Minard and Pesonen

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Chris Minard and Janne Pesonen 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.

Minard has appeared in two games with Pittsburgh this season on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.  The 6-1, 190-pound forward currently ranks second in the AHL with 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) and is tied for the league lead in goals (17).  Minard leads the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in goals and points, while posting a plus-six rating.

The 27-year old played 15 games with Pittsburgh in 2007-08, registering two points, his first goal and assist in the NHL.  Minard collected 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) along with 33 penalty minutes in 56 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season.  He also contributed 17 points (11 goals, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 23 playoff games, helping the WBS Penguins reach the Calder Cup Finals. 
The Owen Sound, Ontario native signed with the Penguins on July 17, 2007. 

Pesonen, 26, has appeared in three games this season for Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut on November 1 in a 6-3 victory over St. Louis.  He has played 20 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leading the team in assists (16) and ranking third with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists).  In the preseason with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pesonen scored two points in three appearances.   
The 5-11, 180-pound forward led the Finnish Elite League last season, recording 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists) in 56 games with the Oulu Karpat.  He contributed 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) during the postseason, helping lead Karpat to its fifth league championship. 

Pesonen, appeared in six contests for the Finnish National Team during the 2007-08 campaign.  He played three games at the 2007 Karjala Cup, scoring one goal and also played in three games during the Sweden Hockey Games, posting three points (one goal, two assists) and six penalty minutes.

The native of Suomussalmi, Finland was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round (269th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  Pesonen signed with the Penguins as a free agent July 7, 2008.
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