Wilkes-Barre Watch: Haggerty digging toward NHL deal


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Ryan Haggerty. - KDP Photography / WBS Penguins

There's a good chance that Ryan Haggerty isn't on your radar yet.

But, he should be.

The 24-year-old right winger, with 16 goals and 13 assists on the season, has quietly passed Daniel Sprong for the team lead in scoring in the same frame of 29 games. Unlike Sprong, Haggerty's two-way play is commended by Wilkes-Barre's coaching staff, and his shot has long been NHL-caliber. He has speed, and at 6 feet tall, and 200 pounds, he has the size.

He's having the best season of his career, surpassing his career totals in goals and points in only a fraction of the time. Back in the fall, though, it didn't look like Haggerty's season was going to be this way. Entering his second season with the team and signed to only an AHL-level contract, Haggerty was a healthy scratch for most of October.

Sitting in the stands for the start of the season only fueled Haggerty, and he continued to work to improve his game. He broke onto the ice with back-to-back two-goal games, and has been a regular in the lineup since.

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