Right Wing Penguins’ prospect Joey Haddad signed a 3-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Haddad’s contract followed his participation in the Penguins’ rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, and subsequent invitation to the Penguins training camp for a tryout. He was sent down to the Penguins’ AHL Affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on September 17th. He is now on his way back to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
The QMJHL-leading Cape Breton Screaming Eagles received word that Haddad will return to the team today for one more season. Haddad scored 62-points (31G, 31A) for the Screaming Eagles last season and is expected to easily eclipse those totals this year.
The addition of Haddad meant that the Screaming Eagles had four players for three overage positions. The other overagers were captain Chris Culligan, assistant captain Robert Slaney, and Murdock MacLellan. Screaming Eagles head coach and general manager Mario Durocher made the decision to drop Murdock MacLellan in favor of Joey Haddad. The decision gave the Eagles what many believe to be the best combination of 20-year-olds in the league. Culligan and Slaney are already in the top five in league scoring.
Joey Haddad joined the team for his season debut on Friday night against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the K.C. Irving Centre in Bathurst, New Brunswick. He recorded 3-shots, but no points, as the Eagles beat the Titan 2-1. The win improved the Screaming Eagles record to 10-1-0-0. The Screaming Eagles will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 Atlantic Time as they take on the Rimouski Oceanic in Rimouski, Quebec. There is no doubt that Haddad will gain some valuable experience and ice team while in Cape Breton, and will be a valuable asset as he matures in the system for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.