Penguins Post-Development Camp Profile: Sam Lafferty


PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2014 PLAYER INTERVIEWS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to SAM LAFFERTY Drafted 4th Round (113th overall), 2014 2013-14 Recap Lafferty had 21 goals and 34 assists in 25 games at Deerfield Academy prep school in Massachusetts, where he played both center and right wing. His 55 points were an impressive improvement over the 24 points he had the year prior and gave him 95 points in 74 career games over 3 seasons at Deerfield. 2014-15 Outlook Lafferty will play in the USHL for Tri-City for 1 season before attending Brown University in 2015-16. He will be a long-term project for the pro level, where his strong work ethic will likely make him an overachiever. He will need to improve his overall skills to add more offense to his two-way play and will need to add muscle mass to get more out of his tenacity. 2014 Development CampRead More »

Prospect Rankings: Tristan Jarry, Matt Murray give the Penguins a pair of exciting goaltending prospects


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROSPECTS JULY 2014 RANKINGS – GOALTENDERS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to Leading up to the Penguins Player Development Camp, Inside Pittsburgh Sports offers a review of the team’s current prospects. Players are ranked by potential, and how they performed from last summer’s Development Camp through the end of the 2013-14 season. Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports current rankings of the goaltenders in the Penguins’ system. The depth of this group, all of whom were acquired in the past 2 years, allowed the team to draft only skaters in last weekend’s draft and only acquire one goaltending free agent this week, which is primarily intended to create competition at the NHL level for this season. #1 – Tristan Jarry (age: 19) 2013-14 Recap Was lights-out in his first season as a starter in the WHL, posting exceptional numbers in the regular season (44-14-3/2.24/.914) and getting even betterRead More »

Prospect rankings by position based on peformance during Penguins Development Camp


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 PROSPECT RANKINGS BY POSITION By Dave Fryer, Contributor to Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports rankings of the players that participated in the 2013 Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp. The rankings are broken out by position and encompass all five days of on-ice activity, concluding with the scrimmage on the final day. Small consideration was given to a player’s potential, but the rankings are largely based on the player’s actual performance on the ice compared to his peers during the week. DEFENSEMEN 1. Brian Dumoulin – nearly NHL-ready; improved offensive skills 2. Olli Maatta – dynamic skills; The top prospect in the organization, most upside of all the D 3. Scott Harrington – steady as it comes; reliable in D zone & with puck 4. Derrick Pouliot – no limit to his offensive talents; future NHLer 5. Philip Samuelsson – defensive stalwart; physical presence 6.Read 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 »

Penguins Development Camp: Fan Guide for Saturday’s Prospect Scrimmage Game


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 FAN GUIDE FOR PROSPECT SCRIMMAGE GAME When, where, and how much: Saturday, July 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at CONSOL Energy Center The scrimmage is open to the public, with free admission Gates open at 2:00 PM (Trib and AE Gates only) Parking at arena lots is also free (site of old Civic Arena) Concession stands will be open, as well as the main team store What to expect *Expect the physical play to be kept to a minimum. No one wants to injure another player and thereby negatively affect his budding career. The players still skate with intensity and battle for the puck, but do not expect to see many thunderous hip checks or open-ice collisions. *Penalties result in a penalty shot awarded to the player that was fouled, and no one is sent to the box. So do not expect to seeRead More »

Penguins Development Camp: Day 4 Analysis Scouting the Defensemen


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 DAY 4 ANALYSIS: DEFENSEMEN By Dave Fryer, Contributor to LINK: PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP: FAN GUIDE TO SATURDAY’S SCRIMMAGE GAME *Scott Harrington executes defensive drills in a near-effortless fashion. He is graceful on his skates, gets into the right positions, and handles the puck extraordinarily well. He is ready for a greater challenge, and he assuredly will get that in the Penguins’ training camp later this year. “You look at a guy like Harrington, he’s played on the biggest stages in hockey,” said Wilkes-Barre assistant coach Alain Nasreddine. “Yeah, he’s a rookie. But you probably look at him as a rookie for maybe two weeks. After that, you realize that guy is a good player for your team.” *Derrick Pouliot once again performed well in drills involving a puck on his stick. His awareness of the ice is exceptional, and he is about as fluidRead More »

Day 4 Analysis Goaltenders: Hartzell has improved each day of the camp


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 DAY 4 ANALYSIS: GOALTENDERS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to *Sean Maguire displayed a good glove hand on a few saves, something he had not shown earlier in the week. Maguire looked a lot more comfortable between the pipes today, and he has really seemed to be absorbing a lot of information this week. But unfortunately for him, that is not all he absorbed. “Two hours and seven paintballs to the head later and I’m needing an Advil,” wrote Maguire on his Twitter account yesterday afternoon. *Eric Hartzell has improved each day of the camp. He put together the best overall performance among the goalies yesterday, and while action was somewhat limited for the keepers today, Hartzell worked hard and was very much on his game. His time as a full-time starter with Yale last year, coupled with the extended work he got with theRead More »

Player Spotlight: 2010 3rd rd pick Bryan Rust now seems to be back on a steep, upward track again


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2013 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: BRYAN RUST By Dave Fryer, Contributor to Bryan Rust has nearly seen it all in his three seasons at the University of Notre Dame. “We’ve been to the Frozen Four. We haven’t made the tournament. We’ve been a first-round knockout. We’ve seen the ins and outs, the goods and bads,” Rust said. The senior-to-be has also ridden a similar rollercoaster ride on a personal level. In 2010, Rust had a fairytale year. He was a member of the Under-18 team for the United States that won a gold medal at the World Championships, where he posted 8 points in 7 games. He also put up big numbers with the US National Development Team that season, including leading the team with 7 game-winning goals. Rust then reached a personal milestone that summer when he had the honor of being drafted by the PittsburghRead 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: 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