Rookie goalie shines for Pens

By Erik Johnson
It’s not a suprise that a former Quebec League goalie is pushing for a spot in the nets for the Pens this year. It is suprprising, however, that his name isn’t Aubin. While JS Aubin is battling team management for a new contract, Sebastian Caron has been making the most of his opportunity to get plenty of game time in early this preseason. After an excellent 30 min, 31 save performance in the preseason opener against the Blue Jackets, Caron followed that up with a solid 18 save performance against the defending Cup champion New Jersey Devils in Wilkes-Barre on Sat. While the Pens are expected to sign a goalie or 2 within the next week or so, that isn’t stopping Caron from doing everything he can to be on that plane to Toyko to start the season with the Pens.
The Pens, however, would like Caron to play a full season for AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before he competes for a job on the NHL roster in 2001-02. But given his performances so far this preseason, they won’t have any problem using him as needed.

Caron, a 3rd round pick in 1999, was the most valuable goaltender in last year’s Memorial Cup tournament, leading his Rimouski Oceanic to the title.


Pens rookies lose to Devils

The Pens rookie squad lost 6-2 to the Devils rookies on Sat in Wilkes-Barre. Dylan Gyori and Alexei Kolkunov scored for the Pens.


Pens make roster moves

The Pens sent the following players back to their respective junior teams.


G Peter Hamerlik (Kingston)

D Darcy Robinson (Saskatoon)

D Jeremy Van Hoof (Ottawa)

F Michel Ouellet (Rimouski)

F Tomas Skvardilo (Kingston)

F Steve Crampton (Moose Jaw)

F Shane Endicott (Seattle)