Empty Netter Assists - 11-13-12

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-The lockout? Still going on.

-"If it keeps going like this everybody's going to lose, there's no way around it." - Sidney Crosby (right) on the lockout.

-Forward Keven Veilleux is expected to return to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' lineup tonight after spending most of the past 14 months rehabilitating a knee injury.

-Deryk Engelland recorded an assist for Rosenborg in a 4-3 overtime win against St. Jernen in Norway's GET Ligaen.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Greg Andrusak. A fifth-round pick in 1988, Andrusak spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1993-94, he saw action in three games and failed to record a point. During the 1994-95 campaign, Andrusak played in seven games and recorded four assists. In 1995-96, Andrusak only appeared in two games and didn't net a point. After spending all of 1996-97 with EHC Eisbaren Berlin in Germany, he returned to the Penguins in 1998-99. That season saw him play in seven games and record one assist. He did appear in 12 postseason games that spring and scored one goal. In the 1999 offseason, he joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent. In 19 regular season games with the Penguins, Andrusak recorded five assists.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Bryan "Bugsy" Watson (right). Acquired midway through the 1968-69 season along with George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt in a deal which sent for Earl Ingarfield, Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi to the Oakland Seals, Watson spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. he finished 1968-69 by appearing in 18 games for the Penguins and recording four assists as well as 35 penalty minutes. His first full season in Penguins was 1969-70. He played in 61 games, netted 10 points and led the team with 189 penalty minutes. He played in all 10 of the team's postseason games but failed to record a point. Watson was limited to 43 games, eight points and 119 penalty minutes in 1970-71. He rebounded in 1971-72 by setting career highs in games (75), points (20) and led the league with 212 penalty minutes. He played in four postseason games that spring but failed to record a point. In 1972-73, Watson saw action in 69 games, scored 18 points and once again led the team with 179 penalty minutes. After 38 games, five assists and 137 penalty minutes in 1973-74, Watson was traded to the Blues along with Greg Polis and a draft pick in exchange for Steve Durbano, Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly. In 304 regular season games with the Penguins, Watson scored 65 points and accumulated 871 penalty minutes, fourth-most in franchise history. In 14 postseason games, Watson did not score a point. Watson, who at one time, was the NHL's all-time leader in penalty minutes, currently owns Bugsy's Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar in Arlington, Va.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Ed Patterson (right). A seventh-round pick in 1991, Patterson spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1993-94, Patterson played in 27 games and scored four points.  In 1994-95, Patterson saw action in 35 games and recorded two assists. His final NHL season was 1996-97 and he was limited to six games and no points. He was released in the 1997 offseason. In 68 regular season games with the Penguins, Patterson scored six points.

Northeast Division

-Senators forward Jesse Winchester has joined TuTo of Finland's Mestis league.

Southeast Division

-"He’s going to thrive under Oates. There’s just no question. When I played, Adam was my coach. He told me what we were going to do, when we were going to do it, how we were going to do it and it always worked. He’ll be able to do the same thing with Ovechkin and [Nicklas] Backstrom too.” - Hockey Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull on what former Blues teammate, Adam Oates, can do as head coach of the Capitals and captain/forward Alex Ovechkin.

-How crucial is the next collective bargaining agreement to the Jets?

Central Division

-Blues forward Chris Stewart (right) has joined Eispiraten Crimmitschau of Germany's 2nd Bundesliga.

-Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula suffered a knee injury while playing for Jokerit in Finland's SM-liiga.

-Red Wings forward prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested Oct. 29 on DUI charges.

-Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky suffered a hand injury while playing for the ECHL's Alaska Aces.

Pacific Division

-Sharks forward Michal Handzus has joined HC Banska Bystrica of the Slovakian Extraliga.

-Stars owner Tom Gagliardi says he plans on making more money changing the team's jerseys.

(Photos: Crosby-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Watson and Patterson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Stewart-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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