Day 1 Penguins Development Camp Analysis & Player Reports


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2014 DAY 1 ANALYSIS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to 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 »

Day 5 Analysis Scouting the Defensemen: Dumoulin displayed “improved” offensive skills several times in game


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 SCRIMMAGE ANALYSIS: DEFENSEMEN By Dave Fryer, Contributor to The solid play of so many defensemen over the course of the week – capped by Saturday’s scrimmage – shows how unbelievably deep the Penguins truly are at that position. Although it does beg the question of if the blueliners are looking so dominant overall because of how thin the team actually is at forward. An argument can be made for both sides, particular when defensemen that will never make the NHL were among the better performers in the scrimmage. But either way, there really is more talent on defense than most even recognized before the camp. Since the goaltending corps has also proven its depth and value, Ray Shero is well-aligned to make trades, signings, and draft choices that focus almost entirely on the forward position. *Olli Maatta played well enough to confirm that heRead More »

Day 4 Forwards Scouting Reports & Analysis: Coaches still buzzing about Adam Payerl


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 DAY 4 ANALYSIS: FORWARDS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to Dan Bylsma joined the team on the ice today. John Hynes still led the session, and Bylsma mostly served as a helper, though he naturally added some instruction in several situations. He seemed to enjoy himself the most when he got to man a blocking pad and shove a few players around in a drill that started out of the corner for the forwards. Heavy contact from Bylsma sent Matia Marcantuoni to the ice during one of the repetitions. *Dominik Uher repeatedly catches attention in situations where he needs to one-time the puck or get his shot off quickly. He has a very good release, propelling the puck with both power and accuracy. He was particularly impressive in the drills involving cycling the puck to a shooter in the slot area. This area of hisRead More »

Prospect Camp: Day 2 Scouting Report, Buzz & Observations


Day 2 Report Here are some player reports, buzz and observations from day 2 of Penguins prospect camp: Keven Veilleux vs Simon Despres from William DePaoli Simon Despres: I never try to over-rate a player’s abilities, based on what I see in a prospect camp, but 2009 first round pick Simon Despres continues to show how close he is to being NHL ready. The Penguins are said to want Despres to get top pairing minutes in Wilkes Barre and learn the system before a full time callup but when a players ready he’s ready. If Despres comes into camp and performs like I think he can, I for one see no issue with the Penguins working him in slowly and playing a 3rd pairing role as the No. 6 defenseman. However, I’m not sure the Penguins see it that way. Despres had a very strong day and was dominanting playRead More »

Prospect Nick Johnson among top performers on day 1


Prospect Nick Johnson (2004, 3rd round pick) has the look of a player ready to build off of what was a strong playoff run to end his first professional season. Top 5 Performers from Day 1 1. RW Nick Johnson (2004, 3rd round pick) *Notes from Today’s Skate – Beaming with confidence and looked a step above the rest – Shot the puck very well, good velocity, accuracy – Among the top performers in 1-on-1 drills – Used size, speed to beat defenders wide – Even though he’s going up against younger players, team insiders were raving about his play this afternoon 2. RW Kevin Veilleux (2007, 2nd round pick) * Notes From Today’s Skate – Showed good speed, acceleration in skilled drills – Great composure in the offensive zone and around the net – Uses his reach very well – Look comfortable playing wing in line drills

Top Prospects arrive in Pittsburgh for conditioning camp


Twenty Six prospects have been invited to the Penguins conditioning camp all of the 26 participates arrived in Pittsburgh this evening. The players will go through a 5 on-ice sessions along with conditioning tests, including off-ice activities throughout the week, such as attending a Pirates game Tuesday night, a Scavenger Hunt through the city on Wednesday evening and a paint ball session Thursday. Tuesday morning, the players will go through their first set of