Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito is more known for his gritty fourth line presence and quirky social media account than he is for scoring.
The Penguins have kept him around for two years now as a recall option, though – and sure enough, he’s on his second call-up of the 2016-17 season already.
The Penguins confirmed on Wednesday that Sestito, who boasts one assist in seven NHL games so far this season and no time with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, has been brought back up to the NHL club after heading down to the minors on paper earlier this month. In addition, the team confirmed that defenseman Chad Ruhwedel has been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Drafted in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Rome, New York native has travelled up and down between the AHL and the NHL since graduating from the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers in 2007.
Through his years as a pro, Sestito has put up just 10 goals and 20 points through 148 career NHL games. In the same amount of time, though, he’s managed to rack up 465 penalty minutes – reminding exactly what his role is at the highest level of hockey.
The Penguins are currently off to a 9-2-2 start on the year, good for second place in the NHL. The addition of Sestito, as a result, will likely be inconsequential at best.