by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of The Hockey Writers.
The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed forward Jansen Harkins off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. Harkins, 26, had spent his entire NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets after drafting him in the second round in 2015. He has only played more than 30 games in a season once with the big team, in 2021-22 when he played in 77 games, tallying 7 goals and 6 assists. His father Todd Harkins played 3 seasons in the NHL between the Calgary Flames and the Hartford Whalers.
Harkins was a productive player in the WHL before being drafted by Winnipeg, and was known as a playmaker who put up some big assists numbers for Prince George. He has been a solid performer for the Manitoba Moose in the AHL, including scoring 50 points in 44 games last season. Overall in 154 NHL games, he has scored 13 goals and 14 assists and has 36 PIM.
Harkins, a 6’2”, 192 lbs. forward, has played both center and left wing in his career. He has never really found his scoring touch in the NHL yet plays a strong two-way game. While not the most fleet of foot, he plays with a high motor, always seeming to be in motion.
With a cap hit just over the league minimum of $850K ($877K), GM Kyle Dubas has added another under the radar player. He will now battle with the likes of Vinnie Hinostroza, Alexander Nylander and Radim Zohorna as possible Wilkes-Barre Scranton call ups.
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