Day 1 Talking Points: Johnston, Kapanen, Sheary, Dea, & Jarry

 

DAY 1 DEVELOPMENT CAMP: MEDIA AVAILABILITY Head Coach Mike Johnston On today’s ice session: “On the ice today, the players were out there for a typical practice. We wanted to show them what a practice was going to be like in September so they knew, they’re prepared, maybe they feel a little bit more comfortable.” On the rest of the week: “Our coaches are going to go on the ice and work on some skills that the players can take with them through the summer and work on.” On his primary goal for the week: “The overall purpose of the camp is to get to know the players in a comfortable setting, before you get into training camp, where they’re a little bit intimidated, they’re a little bit nervous, there’s more pressure on them. And I just think in this type of setting, as a whole organization, we want toRead More »

Day 1 Penguins Development Camp Analysis & Player Reports

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2014 DAY 1 ANALYSIS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com PERSONNEL Coaches on the ice: Mike Johnston Jon Hynes Gary Agnew Rick Tocchet Alain Nasreddine Mike Bales Mike Buckley Staff in the stands: David Morehouse Jim Rutherford Jason Botterill Tom Fitzgerald Bill Guerin Jay Heinbuck Warren Young Other members of the scouting staff Team White: Stephen Mastalerz (G) Reid McNeill Alex Boak Nick D’Agostino Jeff Taylor Scott Harrington Jake Guenztel Anthony Angello Matia Marcantuoni Tom Kuhnhackl Bryan Rust Blaine Byron Josh Archibald Adam Payerl Troy Josephs Matt Murray Oscar Sundqvist Team Black: Ryan Segalla Dane Birks Sam Lafferty Conor Sheary Anton Zlobin Kasperi Kapanen Jean-Sebastien Dea Brian Dumolin Scott Wilson Brad McClure Dominik Uher Nick Lappin Tristan Jarry Jake Hildebrand Clark Seymour Harrison Ruopp Daniel Renouf Teddy Blueger Injured, not participating: Derrick Pouliout (shoulder surgery) Jaden Lindo (knee surgery) NOTES Follow daily notes directly from theRead More »

Prospect Rankings: Tristan Jarry, Matt Murray give the Penguins a pair of exciting goaltending prospects

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROSPECTS JULY 2014 RANKINGS – GOALTENDERS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com Leading up to the Penguins Player Development Camp, Inside Pittsburgh Sports offers a review of the team’s current prospects. Players are ranked by potential, and how they performed from last summer’s Development Camp through the end of the 2013-14 season. Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports current rankings of the goaltenders in the Penguins’ system. The depth of this group, all of whom were acquired in the past 2 years, allowed the team to draft only skaters in last weekend’s draft and only acquire one goaltending free agent this week, which is primarily intended to create competition at the NHL level for this season. #1 – Tristan Jarry (age: 19) 2013-14 Recap Was lights-out in his first season as a starter in the WHL, posting exceptional numbers in the regular season (44-14-3/2.24/.914) and getting even betterRead More »

Ranking the Penguins Top 15+ Forwards in their system

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROSPECTS JUNE 2014 RANKINGS – FORWARDS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com Leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft and subsequent Player Development Camp, Inside Pittsburgh Sports offers a review of the team’s current prospects. A mediocre group at best, the Penguins lack any top end talent at the forward ranks and little to no sure fire NHL prospects.  The group highlighted by 2012 3rd round pick Oscar Sundqvist, there’s little separation between the top 1-3 prospects to the next 8-10 prospects. Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports current rankings of the forwards in the Penguins’ system. #1 – Oskar Sundqvist (age: 20) 2013-14 Recap Recorded 6 goals, 10 assists, and a +6 rating in 51 games in the Swedish Elite League. Added an impressive 4 goals and 2 assists in 13 post-season games. 2013-14 was his first full year of pro hockey after just 14 games inRead More »

Ranking the Penguins top-10 Defensemen in their system

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROSPECTS JUNE 2014 RANKINGS – DEFENSEMEN By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com Leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft and subsequent Player Development Camp, Inside Pittsburgh Sports offers a review of the team’s current prospects. Players are ranked by NHL potential, how they performed from last summer’s Development Camp through the end of the 2013-14 season. Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports current rankings of the defensemen in the Penguins’ system. #1 – Derrick Pouliot (age: 20) 2013-14 Season Recap Dominated the WHL with 17 goals and 53 assists in 58 games, winning the CHL Defenseman of the Year Award. Just as importantly, was an impressive +40 on the season. Post-season production was even better, putting up 32 points in 21 games en route to the WHL final. Off-season shoulder surgery could hamper his progress for the upcoming season. 2014-15 Outlook Despite the surgery, Pouliot could be thisRead More »

Game 1 “Spotlight”: Breaking down Sidney Crosby vs Brandon Dubinsky

 

Round 1, Game 1: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets Spotlight: Sidney Crosby vs. Brandon Dubinsky Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma has been questioned about his abilities to make in-game adjustments, when needed, but with the line-up and general match-ups Pittsburgh has, the Penguins have showed they are more apt to try to flex their muscles than to tap-dance their way past the Blue Jackets. The Penguins feel they are a stronger, faster, and more skilled version of everything the Blue Jackets have to offer, so there is certainly no flaw in that strategy. Similar to the Pens-Islanders series last year, the better team usually pulls away in a mismatch. Although you would be hard-pressed to find anyone to the west of Pittsburgh who believes Columbus is over-matched. The showdown between Sidney Crosby – Brandon Dubinsky will look to run a similar pattern, at least in the eyes of the Penguins and theirRead More »

Prospect rankings by position based on peformance during Penguins Development Camp

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 PROSPECT RANKINGS BY POSITION By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports rankings of the players that participated in the 2013 Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp. The rankings are broken out by position and encompass all five days of on-ice activity, concluding with the scrimmage on the final day. Small consideration was given to a player’s potential, but the rankings are largely based on the player’s actual performance on the ice compared to his peers during the week. DEFENSEMEN 1. Brian Dumoulin – nearly NHL-ready; improved offensive skills 2. Olli Maatta – dynamic skills; The top prospect in the organization, most upside of all the D 3. Scott Harrington – steady as it comes; reliable in D zone & with puck 4. Derrick Pouliot – no limit to his offensive talents; future NHLer 5. Philip Samuelsson – defensive stalwart; physical presence 6.Read More »

Day 5 Analysis: Scouting the Forwards from Saturday’s Scrimmage

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 SCRIMMAGE ANALYSIS: FORWARDS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com *Tom Kuhnhackl, who had season-ended shoulder surgery during the season, was cleared to play prior to the scrimmage, much to his delight. “I’m playing… and I’m excited!” Kuhnhackl exclaimed while heading into the locker room to suit up. He performed well in the game, though he was clearly rusty in some facets of his skills. But he did not shy away from contact and was very active in the play. He engaged with Reid McNeill for the game’s first battle in the corner. Kuhnhackl is poised to have a very good season if he can avoid further injury because he has the tools and now the maturity to make an impact. *Adam Payerl had the first good scoring chance of the game, trying to stuff a puck past Eric Hartzell from the side of the net.Read More »

Penguins Development Camp: Day 5 Scrimmage Overview

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 SCRIMMAGE ANALYSIS: OVERVIEW By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com The game was mostly (but not completely) run like what would be done for a routine game at CONSOL Energy Center in December, including music and announcements. The intent of all the arrangements was to give the players as much of a game atmosphere as possible, even to the extent of putting all the spectators on the side of the ice facing the benches so the players would feel like a full arena was watching. A few of the noticeable differences from a normal game were two, 25-minute halves, penalty shots to the fouled player instead of granting a power play, and a six-man shootout (three aside) at the end of each half that did not count towards the overall score of the game. Approximately 4,000-5,000 people were on-hand, filling up about half of the lowerRead More »

Penguins Development Camp: Fan Guide for Saturday’s Prospect Scrimmage Game

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 FAN GUIDE FOR PROSPECT SCRIMMAGE GAME When, where, and how much: Saturday, July 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at CONSOL Energy Center The scrimmage is open to the public, with free admission Gates open at 2:00 PM (Trib and AE Gates only) Parking at arena lots is also free (site of old Civic Arena) Concession stands will be open, as well as the main team store What to expect *Expect the physical play to be kept to a minimum. No one wants to injure another player and thereby negatively affect his budding career. The players still skate with intensity and battle for the puck, but do not expect to see many thunderous hip checks or open-ice collisions. *Penalties result in a penalty shot awarded to the player that was fouled, and no one is sent to the box. So do not expect to seeRead More »