PENGUINS 4 – CANADIENS 3 (OT)
1. Scott Wilson
2. Ty Loney
3. Oskar Sundqvist
4. Daniel Sprong (OT Winner)
Rookie Tournament Recap
The Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in Game 1 of the Rookie Tournament. Daniel Sprong scored the game winner in overtime. Scott Wilson, Ty Loney, Oskar Sundqvist also scored in the win. Game 2 of the Rookie tournament for the Penguins is Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. vs the Ottawa Senators.
The game can be seen on PittsburghPenguins.com
AHL Coach Mike Sullivan on Daniel Sprong: “His skill level is evident. He’s dynamic with the puck, He’s got great speed, he can really shoot the puck. His skill jumps out to you. That’s the most exciting thing from our standpoint…. He’s still a young kid, he’s got a lot to learn as far as his play away from the puck. Just decision making and some of the critical areas in the rink… What he has is hard to teach.”
Some Observations From Game 1
— If Oskar Sundqvist is going to make an impact at the NHL level this season it’s going to be with his defensive play in a bottom-6 role. Sundqvist did a lot of things well today away from the puck. In the defensive zone he had good low support down low and was excellent in a 5-on-3 kill in the first period with two blocks in one sequence.
Offensively Sundqvist chipped in a goal and while the foot speed isn’t great and is somewhat of a concern against NHL talent, he knows how to use his size well in protecting the puck.
— This should be a tournament that Derrick Pouliot comes out and dominates, at least that should be the expectation. The puck management from Pouliot was poor in the first two periods, struggled at times when pressured hard on the forecheck. Many don’t want to believe it but a little more time in the minors isn’t going to hurt Pouliot and may do him some good. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"