When Patric Hornqvist and Zach Aston-Reese were both lost to injury on Jan. 9 and the Penguins needed a big, physical player to come up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, they stuck to what they knew: Garrett Wilson.
Meanwhile, Anthony Angello waits for his chance. Angello is Wilkes-Barre's second-leading goal scorer and a 6-feet-5, 210-pound, physical, versatile player who is comfortable playing in any forward position. Wilson may have more experience, but Angello believes he can also succeed in the role.
"I 100 percent think I could do that too," he told me this week.
Angello, of course, means no disrespect to Wilson. Angello and his teammates have so much admiration for Wilson, often offering unprompted praise for their captain, even when he's recalled to the NHL.