Game Day Buzz: More on the Joe Morrow callup & inexperience in the system on the blueline

 

The callup of 2011 first round pick Joe Morrow is more of situation arising (injuries) of the Penguins wanting to get one of their top prospects some NHL experience of just being around the team (potential practice time, being involved in meetings) on a short-term stay, even if Morrow doesn’t step on the ice for a game. The callup doesn’t mean by any means that the Penguins feel Morrow is NHL ready, as he isn’t in his own end. Overall, Morrow has not had a strong season in Wilkes Barre, his first professional season in the American Hockey League. Morrow’s been playing a third pairing role in Wilkes Barre and during the NHL lockout Morrow was regarded as being “exposed” defensively when better talent league wide was playing in the AHL due to the work stoppage. Now that some of that talent is backup in the NHL, it’s not aRead More »

Prospect Rankings: Projecting NHL Timetable for the Penguins Top-30 Prospects

 

TOP 30 PROSPECT RANKINGS 1. Joe Morrow 2. Simon Despres 3. Scott Harrington 4. Olli Maatta 5. Derrick Pouliot 6. Beau Bennett 7. Brian Dumuolin 8. Teddy Blueger 9. Tom Kuhnhackl 10. Robert Bortuzzo 11. Nick D’agostino 12. Kenny Agostino 13. Dominik Uher 14. Carl Sneep 15. Philip Samuelsson 16. Keven Veilleux 17. Oscar Sundqvist 18. Ben Hanowski 19. Josh Archibald 20. Scott Wilson 21. Anton Zlobin 22. Matia Marcantuoni 23. Alex Grant 24. Reid McNeill 25. Zach Sill 26. Alex Velischek 27. Paul Thompson 28. Bryan Rust 29. Clark Seymour 30. Harrison Ruopp Here is our newly updated Top-30 rankings following last week’s Development Camp. Players who have spent three or more professional seasons with the organization/appeared in a playoff game during the Penguins first round series with Philadelphia, have graduated from the list which is a reason Brian Strait and Eric Tangradi have been removed from the top-30 list.Read More »

Pens Prospect Roundup: WBS Pens; Morrow & Kuhnhackl

 

PENS PROSPECT ROUNDUP WBS Penguins: Colin McDonald scored twice and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, defeating the Hershey Bears 3-1 on Friday night. Game 2 is Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Penguins were 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Cal O’Reilly also scored, netting the game winning goal. Jason Williams and Alex Picard each had 2 assists. Brad Thiessen made 19 saves in the victory, losing his shutout bid with 1:52 remaining in the game. MORROW SCORES IN GAME 1 OF CONFERENCE FINAL Top prospect Joe Morrow continues to be a point producer on the power play.

Pens Prospect Roundup: Morrow tied for first in points among defensemen in WHL playoffs

 

PROSPECT ROUNDUP *Updates on Morrow, Uher, and Kuhnhackl* Morrow, Winterhawks advance to WHL Conference Final 2011 first round pick Joe Morrow (TIOPS No. 1 prospect) and the Portland Winterhawks advanced to the WHL Conference Finals with a 2-0 shutout win over Kamloops on Wednesday night. Portland took a 3-0 series lead only to drop the next three games but closed out the series in seven games. Morrow was pointless in the game 7 win but had 4 assists in the series. Morrow is tied for first among defensemen in the WHL playoffs with 9 points (2 goals – 7 assists) and has a team-leading +11 rating in the playoffs. Morrow had a strong regular season, collecting 17 goals and 47 assists for 64 points in 62 games played. Uher has strong series against Tri-City

Prospect Camp: Day 1 Scouting Report & Observations

 

  Day 1 Observations Pens Prospect Camp Day 1 from William DePaoli Day 1 of Penguins prospect camp is in the books as the prospects went through testing earlier in the day and an on-ice session this afternoon. Most of the on-ice drills centered around skill/flow drills, systematic drils such as breakouts/forecheck and 1-on-1 situations. Here is a full scouting report from today’s skate with players reports (in no particular order). C/RW Josh Archibald | 5-9, 161lbs | 2011 6th round pick | Day 1 Report: Among the top performers on day 1. Archibald has excellent speed and was argubaly the best skater on the ice. Really stood out early on in the majority of flow/skill drills. Archibald also performed extremely well in 1-on-1 drills, using his speed to the outside. Archibald had 27 goals and 73 points (25 games) for Brainerd, High School in 2010-2011. He centered Paul ThompsonRead More »