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Penguins taking closer look at Barrie Colts captain

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, whose lineup also includes former Colts forward Evan Vierling, host Bridgeport Islanders on Friday night
Barrie Colts captain Beau Jelsma tries to out-wait a sliding Oshawa Generals defender during first-round OHL playoff action at Sadlon Arena on April 2. The Generals eliminated the Colts in a hard-fought, six-game series.

Just three days after being eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, Barrie Colts captain Beau Jelsma has had the Pittsburgh Penguins organization come calling. 

It was announced today that the 19-year-old forward has signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

In three seasons with the Colts, Jelsma has seen his point totals increase each year, including a team-leading 37 goals and 44 assists for 81 points in 2023-24.

The durable Jelsma, who has only missed two regular-season games in the past three OHL campaigns, has amassed 95 goals and 94 assists for 189 points in 202 regular-season games. He also has nine goals and eight helpers in 18 post-season games during the team's three playoff runs dating back to 2021-22.

Jelsma, who is listed at five-foot-nine and 174 pounds, was taken by Barrie in the third round (55th overall) of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. 

A native of Brownsville, Ont., which is located southeast of London, he has not been selected in the NHL Draft. 

The Penguins' AHL team also includes former Barrie Colts forward Evan Vierling. 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is at home on Friday, April 12 against the Bridgeport Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.