Penguins Re-Assign Kasper Bjorkqvist to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Kasper Bjorkqvist to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
Bjorkqvist, 24, has played in six games with Pittsburgh this season from Jan. 2-13. He scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut on Jan. 2 against San Jose becoming the sixth current Penguin to score in his first career game, joining Brian Boyle, Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, Brock McGinn and Radim Zohorna.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound forward has also appeared in 33 games for the WBS Penguins this season, recording four goals, two assists and six points. The native of Espoo, Finland has played parts of the last three seasons with WBS, suiting up for 44 career AHL games and recording eight points (6G-2A).
Bjorkqvist spent the majority of last season on a loan with KooKoo of Liiga, Finland's top professional league, recording 11 goals, 15 assists, 26 points with a plus-14 in 44 games. His 26 points ranked fourth (tied) on the team and the most among all league rookies, earning him Rookie of the Year honors.
The forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Providence College between 2016-19, recording 36 goals, 26 assists and 62 points in 112 games. Bjorkqvist was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (61st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Penguins return to action on Friday, March 11 when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:00 PM at PPG Paints Arena.