Aleksey Morozov, the 6’1″ 180lb winger, who scored a mere 19 points (9+10) last year, is finally showing the flashes of brilliance Pittsburgh had hoped he would. Now, just 8 games into a brand new season, Aleksey already has 6 points (3+3) to show for his efforts. So what’s changed? The moment he hits the ice it’s all about finding the net. Defenders be warned however, Aleksey’s not as easy to shake off a puck as he used to be. Brilliant puck handling, incredible speed, and world of desire and determination are turning this young forward into a rising star. It’s not yet certain whether Aleksey has the ability to become a complete player, but he is definitely heading in the right direction. In the meantime, the Penguins organization and it’s fans are in for a real treat. The keys to a successful season for Morozov will be concentration and health. Currently, Pittsburgh anxiously awaits his return from an injury sustained in a game against Los Angeles last week.
Twenty-four year old Valentin Morozov, the elder of the “Morozov Boys,” has yet to prove himself as an NHL caliber player. Though far from a lost cause, Valentin has a long journey in front of him before he can step up and play alongside his younger brother in Pittsburgh. Speed and skill are on Valentin’s side, but his overall game needs some improvement. Third on his team in scoring, Valentin recorded 40 points (17+23) with Syracuse (AHL) last season. This year he was greeted by a concussion in the first game of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Sidelined for most of October, Valentin is back in action and eager to prove himself. Before he can do so however, he must first fight through the growing pains of a struggling team. To much of their disappointment, Wilkes-Barre has yet to win a game this season, resting at the bottom of the Empire Division.
In more ways than one the Morozov’s can relate to each other. Besides being tied by a family bond, each play for a team searching for answers. The Pittsburgh Penguins, and their farm affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, each find themselves with a potentially potent offense, yet struggle to harness defensive consistency.
Perhaps the “Jr. Pens” will come across better luck when they finally reach their home opener on November 13th. There is some truth in having the home ice advantage. After spending a month on the road, Wilkes-Barre and it’s players are eager to test the theory.
Pittsburgh on the other hand, doesn’t see home ice to be much of an advantage at all. It’s they’re hope a trip to Ottawa will shake things up a bit, making their next home appearance a little more pleasant.
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Pittsburgh Penguins 10 2 5 3 7 33 35
WLK-BR/SCRANT (PIT) 10 0 8 2 2 16 39
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Pittsburgh recalled *LW Martin Sonnenberg from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) and loaned D. John Slaney to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh on October 9, 1998, after proving himself in a tryout during training camp. Split time between Pittsburgh and Syracuse last season and is currently a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with a record of 9-1-4, and 14 PIMs.