The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Dustin Jeffrey from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of American Hockey League.
Jeffrey will likely replace forward Evgeni Malkin in the line-up when the Penguins travel to New Jersey to face the Devils on Thursday. Malkin was injured in the Penguins win over Detroit on Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday.
Jeffrey, 22, has appeared in four games with Pittsburgh this season. He recorded his first career two-point game with a goal and an assist Dec. 11 at Buffalo.
Jeffrey (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) ranks sixth (tied) in the AHL in scoring with 41 points (15G-26A) through 37 games. He also ranks second in the league in shorthanded goals with five, while ranking eighth in assists (26) and 10thin shots with 132.
Jeffrey, Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick (171st overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, currently paces WBS in assists (26), points (41), shorthanded goals (5) and shots (132).