Tom Sestito’s NHL journey has been an odd one, right through his professional tryout contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins that was announced on Wednesday.
He punched his way into the NHL, amassing over 300 penalty minutes in three seasons in the OHL, then 202 in the AHL before getting his first NHL game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He would appear in 12 more before moving over to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, because of course.
He played in 21 games with Philly and then it was off to the Vancouver Canucks for three season, including one that seemed to indicate Sestito might actually have something more to offer than pummeling faces. He had nine points in 77 games under John Tortorella, albeit with with 213 PIMs, a career high. (He also picked up 27 PIMs in one second of ice time. Which is a heck of a trick.)
But in the next season, he was persona non grata under Willie Desjardins. He was sent to the AHL, and then the Canucks announced he wasn’t going to play there either:
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