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After goal-fest vs. Ducks, Pens recall ‘defensive defenseman’ Harrington

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

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After what can be described as “not a defensive clinic” in Thursday’s 6-4 season-opening win over Anaheim, Pittsburgh made an interesting move by calling up Scott Harrington from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Johnston on Harrington: “He’s a good defensive defenseman ... We want to bring him up here and have him with the big team.” #Pens

— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) October 10, 2014

Harrington, 21, was Pittsburgh’s second-round pick (54th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and one of the club’s final roster cuts after finishing plus-1 in five NHL preseason games. He spent all of last season with the Baby Pens, scoring 24 points in 76 games.

The Pens looked a little shaky at times defensively against Anaheim last night, which could be the reason for this recall. The Ducks scored three times on the power play, erased a 3-0 lead and missed a penalty shot (awarded after Nate Thompson got his wrists hacked by Christian Ehrhoff.)