By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Defenseman Juuso Riikola has been recalled from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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The announcement was made Saturday by Penguins General Manager Ron Hextall.

Riikola has played four preseason games with the Pens and was at training camp.

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He also played in two games during the 2020-21 season.

“The Joensuu, Finland native has dressed for 75 career NHL games, scoring three goals, nine assists and 12 points with a plus-6. In eight career AHL games, split between the 2018-19 and ’21-22 seasons, Riikola has tallied four assists,” the Penguins wrote on Saturday.

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The move comes as several players, including Crosby, Letang, Carter and Rust, will not play tonight against the Maple Leafs.