The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the best organizations in the NHL for the past decade. A lot of that has to do with the success in the minor leagues. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been Pittsburgh’s affiliate at the AHL Level for the past 20 years.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton may not be the affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins after this season because the team’s 10-year lease at Mohegan Sun Arena expires in June. Attendance has dropped over the past several years. The arena holds 8,300 seats.
If there is no agreement to keep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins around, they will have to find a new location for 2019-2020 and beyond. It is approximately a four hour 30 minute drive to the Pittsburgh area.
The team would probably look for a location that is around less than an two hour drive. Youngstown, Ohio might be a possible location for this team next season. Youngstown to Pittsburgh is approximately an hour and seven minutes.
The arena they could possibly play the games in is the Covelli Centre. The Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) play their home games at that arena. The Covelli Centre capacity is 5,900.
Another possibility the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins could play their games at next season is in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Johnston to Pittsburgh is approximately an hour and 40-minute drive. The 1ST Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial seats 4,001 people.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ECHL team is located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is approximately an one hour and 16 minute drive.
The point is that the Pittsburgh organization wants their minor league affiliates as close as possible to each other if in fact the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins decide to relocate after this season. It will be interesting story line to keep an eye on for the rest of the season.