By Kelly Tomlinson
The Times Leader
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Ned Havern, who began the season the season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers, was so effective in his return to the Penguins’ lineup last weekend that center Tim Brent has taken to calling him Rookie of the Year – a reference to the 1993 movie about a Little League pitcher who returns from an arm injury to pitch for the Chicago Cubs.
Havern, 25, had one goal and two assists in the 18 games he’d played for the Penguins before breaking a bone in his hand in early February against the Hershey Bears.
In four games last week, Havern had a goal and two points.
“I was joking with Timmy Brent actually when I was coming back,” Havern said. “I was just starting to shoot a puck again and I got lucky and scored one. He asked if I was going to be like the Rookie of the Year. I said, yeah. I think that’s the plan. You just have to crack something.”