Latest Prospects Buzz
The Pittsburgh Penguins rookie tournament continues today. The games can be followed at pittsburghpenguins.com.
Here’s some feedback from one NHL evaluator on three notable Penguin prospects from the tournament:
On Daniel Sprong:
“He’s too good for that tournament,” the NHL source said. “When he gets open ice down the wing he can push defenders back with speed and you have to be on notice because of the puck skills. A lot to like in the Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
As for the key question marks surrounding Sprong’s game that will dictate how soon he’ll be an NHL regular?
“[For me] how quick he gets to the NHL comes down to how he adapts without the puck. He doesn’t play a ‘lick Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
On Teddy Blueger:
“He’s on the fast track [to the NHL],” the source said.
Two reasons why — “High hockey IQ and two-way play”
“Coaches love young guys they can trust [in their own end]. Teddy is that type of player…..Great instincts on the penalty kill. He could be Pittsburgh’s best penalty killer for years to come.”
As for the offensive upside?
On Zach Aston-Reese
“If he’s going to make it [NHL player], it’s going to be as a plugger,” the source said. “Zach has a toughness element [to his game] I like…..strong on the puck in the corners and will go to the dirty areas.”
The biggest question marks surrounding Aston Reese’s game……..
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