By Kelly Tomlinson
The Times Leader
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, Pa. – Throw out an 8-1 win over Hershey and a 5-0 win over Hartford and the Penguins offense looks downright anemic since Michel Ouellet was promoted to Pittsburgh on Dec. 17.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is averaging 2.8 goals per game since then – and an even two goals per game minus the Hershey and Hartford routs.
That goes a long way toward explaining center Kurtis McLean’s recall from Wheeling in the ECHL in time for this weekends games with Norfolk and the Bears.
“Hopefully some offense, a little physical play in the offensive zone and a good work ethic,” McLean said when asked what he thought he could bring to the Penguins.
McLean led the Nailers in goals (25), points (46), power-play goals (10), shots (123) and plus/minus (plus-20) at the time of his recall. He had six goals and 13 points in his last 10 games and was a plus-seven over that span.
Despite tearing up the ECHL for the past three months, McLean said he never got impatient while waiting for a call to the AHL.
“Any time you look at the standings and you see Wilkes-Barre winning as much as they have you can never be impatient or frustrated,” McLean said. “You just have to play your hockey and try to get better and wait your turn. With Wilkes-Barre being the kind of team they are, there’s really not much room for movement.”