Blueger scored the game-winning goal and had two shots in a 3-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
Blueger opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game, snapping a 17-game goal drought with his first since Oct. 22. A mainstay on Pittsburgh's penalty-killing unit, Blueger logged a team-leading 4:07 of ice time while short-handed. If he can chip in semi-regularly at even strength, it will only further enhance his role with the Penguins.
Blueger has registered just one point in his previous nine games.
Blueger continues to be a mainstay on the fourth line, a role he has cemented himself into, so he shouldn't have to worry about being replaced. Still, the Latvian will need to show the coaching staff something if he wants to take on a bigger role outside of killing penalties.
Blueger registered one assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating versus the Lightning on Wednesday.
Blueger, who was tagged as the team's fourth-line center in training camp, has been forced into a bigger role following injuries to Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Nick Bjugstad (lower body). The youngster has performed well this far with four points in 11 games and shouldn't have to worry about spending time in the minors this season, even once Malkin and Bjugstad return to action.
Blueger scored a goal on his lone shot in Saturday's 7-2 victory over Columbus.
Blueger saw an uptick in ice time Saturday after Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) and Nick Bjugstad (undisclosed) were forced to leave the game. If either of those guys is out long term, the 25-year-old Blueger will likely slide into a third-line role while Jared McCann moves into Malkin's spot on the second.
Blueger agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.5 million contract with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Blueger made his NHL debut last season in late January and quickly secured his spot in the lineup. The youngster logged 28 games for the Pens, in which he tallied six goals, four assists and 33 shots while averaging 11:03 of ice time. With a one-way deal in place, the Latvian center won't have to worry about spending time in the minors and should provide solid scoring depth in a fourth-line role.
Blueger was handed a qualifying offer from the Penguins on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
If Blueger were to sign his offer, he would be playing on a one-year, two-way contract worth $715,000. Despite playing in just 28 games this season, the youngster's performance, six goals and four assists, could see him take over the fourth-line center role, assuming Matt Cullen opts to retire.
Blueger will play for Latvia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Blueger made a strong impression with his first foray into the NHL, as he tallied six goals, four assists and 33 shots in 28 games this season. The 24-year-old figures to have the inside track on the Penguins' fourth-line center spot next season, assuming Matt Cullen decides to retire rather than return for 2019-20.
Blueger scored two goals, one short-handed, in Monday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
The rookie is beginning to flash his speed and talent, scoring three goals and six points in the last nine games with a plus-6 rating. Blueger's seeing more ice time, in part because of Evgeni Malkin's upper-body injury, but if the the 24-year-old keeps producing, he just might hang onto a top-six role when Malkin returns.
Blueger notched a helper versus Dallas on Saturday.
Blueger found himself back in a second-line role with Phil Kessel and Jared McCann as Evgeni Malkin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. In just 22 games this season, the 24-year-old Blueger has tallied four goals, four helpers and a plus-6 rating. If the Latvian continue to produce, he will make a strong case for a full-time spot on the 23-man roster next season.
Blueger potted his fourth goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers on Sunday.
Blueger's beginning to heat up a bit, with a goal and two helpers in his last five games, to go with 11 hits and eight shots on goal. Naturally a left wing, Blueger was pressed into action at center due to Evgeni Malkin (upper body) being out. It's unclear if Blueger will assume that role indefinitely with Malkin listed as week-to-week, or if Nick Bjugstad or Jared McCann will ultimately hold down the fort. Blueger has seven points in 19 appearances this season.
Blueger registered an assist while down a man in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
Blueger was able to spring Jared McCann while penalty killing, and the latter buried the puck behind Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak to extend the lead to 2-0 at the time. The helpers was Blueger's first point in six games since being recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 27. He has three goals and two assists, as well as 35 hits, in 15 appearances at the NHL level this season.
The Penguins recalled Blueger from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Bryan Rust is facing an extended absence due to a lower-body injury, so Blueger will round out Pittsburgh's depth up front for the foreseeable future. The 24-year-old Latvian has notched three goals and four points in nine appearances with the big club this campaign.
Blueger was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday in order to make him eligible for the AHL playoffs, Jesse Marshall of The Athletic reports.
Blueger served as a healthy scratch for the Pens' last three games, so a move to the minors wouldn't have come as a shock; however, the club really likes what he has brought to the team and appears set to keep him around the rest of the way. In nine games this year, the 24-year-old has tallied three goals, one assist and 11 shots while averaging a mere 9:53 of ice time.
Blueger scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal Wednesday in a 3-1 win over the Oilers.
The 24-year-old has collected four points in his first seven NHL contests and continues to show that he belongs at the top level. Prior to finding early success with the Penguins, Blueger was dominating the AHL, racking up 39 points in 45 appearances with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate. Jared McCann added an empty-net goal in the win.
The Penguins recalled Blueger from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday.
Blueger has been fantastic in the minors this season, leading the Baby Pens in scoring with 21 goals and 39 points in 45 games. The Minnesota State University product could make his NHL debut as soon as Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Blueger agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Blueger is still looking for his NHL debut, having been drafted by the Penguins in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. The center has been plying his trade in the minors for the past two seasons, including setting career highs in goals (21) and points (45) last year with the Baby Pens. The 23-year-old figures to spend yet another campaign in the AHL continuing to develop his game, but he should be on coach Mike Sullivan's short list of potential call-ups.
Blueger was tagged with a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh on Monday, NHL.com reports.
Blueger -- who was drafted by the Pens in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft -- has yet to make his NHL debut. The natural center did rack up 45 points for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 70 outings last season, which apparently was enough for the club to decide to tender him with an offer. Looking ahead to the 2018-19 campaign, the Latvian figures to split time between levels, but should at least be given a look during training camp.
Blueger talled a trio of points during the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Blueger -- who was selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft -- has spend the past two seasons playing for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton without making his NHL debut. The center is slated to become a restricted free agent July 1 and will likely get a two-way deal from the Penguins. Considering he racked up 45 points in 70 outings in 2017-18, don't be surprised to see the 23-year-old on the shortlist of potential call-ups throughout the upcoming campaign.
Blueger was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday.
With the Pens not being back in action until Friday's matchup with Carolina, it may be too early to read anything into Blueger's demotion -- although it could certainly be suggested that it's an indication of Patric Hornqvist's (lower body) impending return. Given the 23-year-old Blueger's productivity in the minors -- 12 goals and 14 helpers in 45 outings -- he is a near lock to be promoted once roster limits are lifted after the trade deadline (if not sooner).
The Penguins recalled Blueger from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday.
Pittsburgh placed Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body) and Patric Hornqvist (lower body) on injured reserve in a corresponding move, so Blueger will round out the Penguins' depth up front until one of their more established forwards is cleared to play. The 2012 second-round pick has totaled 12 goals and 26 points in 45 games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this campaign.
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