Around the same time the Penguins signed T.J. Kemp, they also inked Adam Henrich (WBS Penguins). He spent last season with the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL as well as the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL. His stats were as follows:
Adam Henrich (LW) – 6’4″, 225 pounds
2007-2008: 12 GP – 10 G – 10 A – 20 pts. – 34 PIM With the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
2007-2008: 43 GP – 14 G – 17 A – 31 pts. – 88 PIM With the Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Henrich started the year in Wheeling, but was given a 20-game tryout in Norfolk and he did enough to impress and stayed with the Admirals for the rest of the season.
Bombuli talked to Penguins’ Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher and Fletcher said that Henrich has the potential to fill any spot in the lineup in the AHL. His size and numbers are encouraging.
Later in the day, Pittsburgh added two more players: Connor James and Joey Mormina.
Connor James is someone most Pens fans remember from last year. He played in 13 games in the National Hockey League, most of which came during the injury ridden period of the year where the Penguins were at a loss for forwards.
Connor James (C) – 5’10”, 170 pounds
2007-2008: 64 GP – 9 G – 28 A – 37 pts. With the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
2007-2008: 13 GP – 1 G – 0 A – 1 pt. With the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
He didn’t do much as far as producing goes, scoring only one goal (the first of his career) against the Islanders. However, he displayed that he is a hustle player. His speed is encouraging, and I believe he could be someone who gets another shot with Pittsburgh next season. Maybe if Jordan Staal moves back to the left wing, James will get a chance on the fourth line.
Finally, the Penguins added Joey Mormina. He is a defenseman who has tremendous size and toughness.
Joey Mormina (D) – 6’6″, 220 pounds
2007-2008: 77 GP – 4 G – 9 A – 13 pts. – 96 PIM With the Albany River Rats (AHL)
Bombulie also talked to Fletcher about Mormina. Fletcher noted that he is a Hal Gill-type of defenseman at the AHL level. He also points out that Mormina was a crucial part of a successful defense in Albany.
Mormina played in one game in the NHL last season for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Here is a video of Mormina in a fight in the AHL. He is in the white jersey.