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Derek Grant, Juuso Riikola to make Penguins debuts in preseason opener

Center Derek Grant scored 24 points (12 goals) in 66 games with Anaheim last season. The Penguins signed Grant to a one-year deal Thursday (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Free-agent additions Juuso Riikola and Derek Grant will make their Penguins preseason debuts when the team visits the Buffalo Sabres for their exhibition opener Tuesday night.

Riikola, a smooth, 24-year-old Finnish free agent, is bidding to move up the team’s defensive depth chart with a strong training camp.

Grant signed with the Penguins in July after a career-best 12-goal season with Anaheim last season.

Olli Maatta and Jake Guentzel are the most prominent Penguins expected to play in the game. Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith will man the nets.

Here’s a look at the roster.

GOALIES: Casey DeSmith, Tristan Jarry

DEFENSEMEN: Chad Ruhwedel, Olli Maatta, Stefan Elliott, Juuso Riikola, Chris Summers, Dane Birks, Will O’Neill

FORWARDS: Garrett Wilson, Jimmy Hayes, Dominik Simon, Derek Grant, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Daniel Sprong, Zach Aston-Reese, Teddy Blueger, Thomas Di Pauli, Anthony Angello, Jake Guentzel, Jordy Bellerive , Jan Drozg

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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