Lafferty right back with Penguins


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NEWARK, N.J. -- The Penguins have recalled forward Sam Lafferty from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.

There was no obvious motive for the move, although center Evgeni Malkin did not participate in the team's workout this afternoon.

Mike Sullivan said Malkin sat out practice because he had been given a "maintenance day."

Lafferty was one of the Penguins' most-watched players during training camp, and not only because he is a native of Hollidaysburg.

He was impressive from the start of the drills, and probably lost his spot on the major-league roster at the end of the preseason only because he was exempt from waivers, and thus could be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton without the possibility of another team claiming him.

Lafferty was only in the American Hockey League for a few days, though, before being recalled because of a spate of injuries to Penguins forwards.

During his first stint with the parent club, Lafferty proved capable of playing effectively at all three forward positions. He put up three goals and three assists in 10 games before being returned to the Baby Penguins.

His three goals put him in a tie for fourth place among NHL rookies this season, and he is tied for ninth among first-year players with six points.

Lafferty, 24, was the Penguins' fourth-round draft choice in 2014.

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