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“There aren’t many of these young, power guys in the game,” he said. “Neal on our list is one of the better ones in the game. He’s got some room to grow.
“This is really the first young winger that we’ve gone out and gotten. Chris Kunitz was 27 or 28 when we got him. Neal, being just 23, this is the hockey trade that we’ve been looking for. I think this will be a good fit for him in the long run. … We have a pretty good forward group now.”
Coach Dan Bylsma declined to give specifics but said Johnson is doubtful for the game Sunday at Chicago, and, with no other injured players due back imminently and six games in eight days starting Sunday, the Penguins likely will promote another player from the American Hockey League.Today, the Penguins webpage reports that he (N. Johnson) did not participate in practice at all today and that he suffered an "upper body injury" at practice yesterday.
"He has been progressing -- he has gone to exercise," Bylsma said. Still, Asham has been downgraded from day to day to being out indefinitely.KUNITZ (undisclosed injury) and LETESTU (arthroscopic knee surgery)
"It's good to see progression and just to see the reaction from the guys, get them on the ice, have a little cheer, even though they're out there in their track pants," Bylsma said.JEFFREY