It’s getting so you can’t tell who’s on the ice and who’s in the hospital ward for the Penguins these days. In rapid succession the club lost Beau Bennett (wrist surgery), Tanner Glass (broken hand) and, now, top defenseman Paul Martin (broken tibia). Combined with previous injuries to defensive stalwart Rob Scuderi and forward Chuck Kobasew and the loss of winger Matt D’Agostini—who was claimed on waivers by Buffalo—the Pens’ organizational depth is being sorely tested.
If there’s a silver lining to this decidedly dark cloud, Martin’s injury paves the way for Simon Despres (winner of the Michel Briere Memorial Trophy last season as the Pens’ top rookie) to reestablish himself as a bona fide NHL defender following a disappointing training camp. Bennett’s injury opens the door for Jayson Megna, who dazzled Penguins fans during a six-game cameo with his blazing speed and all-around hustle. Recent call-ups Andrew Ebbett and feisty Zach Sill also figure to be in the mix.