Prospect Camp: Final Day Scouting Report, Buzz & Observations


By Dave Fryer, Contributor to The closing day of the 2011 Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Development Camp featured an intra-squad scrimmage. This is traditionally the way the camp ends, giving the players a reward for their week’s worth of effort and providing the staff with an opportunity to see the players in more pure action, particularly evaluating how well their prospects have learned and applied their latest instructions. Other than the fresh faces to the organization, the only major change to this layout is that this year’s events were all held at Consol Energy Center, instead of the practice facility at the Iceoplex at Southpointe. Understandably, the organization was expecting a slightly bigger crowd than the Iceoplex had previously drawn, but their expectations of about 500 people proved to be far off when over 3,000 Penguins fans arrived for the event. Those fans witnessed two, 25-minute games and were treatedRead More »

Pens Training Camp: Day 2 Report


By Dave Fryer Photo: David Hague — Inside Pittsburgh Sports Another hearty crowd of a few thousand Penguins fans showed up at Consol Energy Center to witness Day 2 of their team’s training camp. And while the intensity was down a notch from yesterday, the attitude and execution of the team sustained into today. As planned and expected, the groupings from yesterday’s practice remained the same. Moreover, the line combinations were largely the same across all teams, but defensive pairings started to become evident. Also evident was the coaching staff’s clear intent on molding this team into exactly what Head Coach Dan Bylsma wants – a speedy group that locks down defensively and transitions very quickly. Much of today’s drills centered on transitions and defending the attack, focusing on the individual battles involved in those rushies. There was a strong emphasis on defensemen making themselves as an outlet on bothRead More »

Pens Training Camp Day 1 Report


By Dave Fryer Players Groupings GROUP A FORWARDS: Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Connor (AHL), Eric Godard, Joe Vitale (AHL), Joey Haddad (AHL), Casey Pierro-Zabotel (AHL), Geoff Walker (ECHL), Nick Petersen (QMJHL) GROUP A DEFENSE: Brooks Orpik, Zbynek Michalek, Simon Despres (QMJHL), Robert Bortuzzo (AHL), Brian Strait (AHL), Jason DeSantis GROUP A GOALIES: Brent Johnson, Brad Thiessen (AHL) GROUP B FORWARDS: Mike Rupp, Mark Letestu (AHL), Matt Cooke, Maxime Talbot, Craig Adams, Arron Asham, Jesse Boulerice (AHL), Chris Collins (AHL), Zach Sill (QMJHL), Tyler Brown (OHL), Alex Smigelski (collegiate) GROUP B DEFENSE: Alex Goligoski, Ben Lovejoy (AHL), Derek Engelland (AHL), Andrew Hutchinson (NHL-AHL), Derek Peltier (AHL) GROUP B GOALIES: Mattias Modig (ELITSERIEN), John Curry (AHL) GROUP C FORWARDS: Evgeni Malkin, Mike Comrie, Nick Johnson (AHL), Eric Tangradi (AHL), Tyler Kennedy, Kevin Veilleux (AHL), Ryan Schnell (tryout), Ryan Craig (NHL-AHL), Tim Wallace (AHL), Dustin Jeffrey (AHL), Brett Sterling (AHL)Read More »