PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2014 SCRIMMAGE GAME ANALYSIS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com NOTES The game was divided into two, 30-minute halves. The ice was resurfaced at the halftime break. There was a planned stoppage with 3 minutes left in the game. A scheduled shootout finished the affair. Slightly more than half of the lower bowl was filled with spectators when the game started, with empty seats scattered throughout. A few more sections became occupied as the first half progressed. A team-estimated 6,500 fans were in attendance, though that number seemed a bit high. Either way, it was a healthy crowd, which was aided considerably by rainy and dreary weather in Pittsburgh today. Mike Johnston sat next to Jim Rutherford in the stands throughout the scrimmage, while Rick Tocchet and Gary Agnew were in the area for most of the day. Jason Botterill, Tom Fitzgerald, Bill Guerin, and JohnRead More »
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 »
Keith Law released his updated top-50 prospects and three Pirates made the list: SP Jameson Taillon, No. 13 OF Gregory Polanco, No. 17 SS Alen Hanson, No. 36 Taillon is 3-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 17 starts for the Altoona Curve. Taillon is up seven spots from his preseason ranking but Law continues to point out the lack of life on Taillon’s fastball and that he can be too easy to hit. Gregory Polanco continues to emerge as one of the top prospects in the game. Polanco has moved from No. 55 in Law’s preseason ranking to now No. 17. There’s some scouts out there who feel Polanco is the Pirates top prospect. Law calls Polanco a high probability hitter. Law also mentions that Polanco’s batting practice before Sunday’s Futures Game was one of the best of any hitter, showing more power than scouts had seen from him before.Read More »
DEVELOPMENT CAMP PREVIEW While the Penguins prospect system is desperately lacking legitimate NHL forward prospects, that’s not the case on the blueline. Defensemen Olli Maata, Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington are the consensus top-3 prospects in the organization and Brian Dumoulin has also evolved into a top-5 prospect in the Penguins system. While the Penguins are deep with d-men prospects, the organization has also become much stronger at the goaltender position since last summer. Tristan Jarry, the Penguins 2013 2nd round pick, headlines the group of goaltenders to participate in the camp. DEFENSEMEN (12) Olli Maatta, 2012 1st round pick Born: 08/22/1994 (18) | 6-2, 206 | Profile: Who is the Penguins top prospect in their system? Many will point to Derrick Pouliot but multiple scouts I’ve polled over the past couple weeks have Maatta over Pouliot. While Pouliot has elite puck moving ability, Maatta is the more complete defensemanRead More »
DEVELOPMENT CAMP: FORWARDS The Penguins development camp gets underway tomorrow and runs from Tuesday through Saturday. Saturday’s scrimmage at 3:00 p.m. is open to the public. We’ll provide extensive coverage of the camp starting tomorrow and throughout the week. Here’s a look at the forward group: FORWARDS (21) Scott Wilson, 2011 7th round pick, RW Born: 04/24/1992 (21) | 5-11, 185 | Profile: 2011 7th round pick, Wilson has the ability to become a late round gem. He’s a fast rising prospect in the Penguins system who scouts feel has NHL potential. Wilson plays the Penguins way in that he’s tenacious and is a very good hitter for a player his size. He had 16 goals and 38 points in 41 games for Umass-Lowell (HE) in 2012-2013 and had a standout freshman season in 2011-12, posting 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 37 games. Teddy Blueger, 2012Read More »
Louisville 3 – Indianapolis 2 — Starter Ross Ohlendorf went seven strong innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs, receving a no decision. Ohlendorf threw 60 strikes on 94 pitching, striking out 5 and walking 1. — Alex Presley (.322) went 0-for-5 with 1 strikeout in the loss. Presley is expected to be a candidate to be recalled following the Pirates homestand. Presley is 3-for-19 in his rehab stint with Triple-A Indy.
Alvarez pushes batting average to .365 Third baseman Pedro Alvarez bumped his batting average up to .365 this afternoon for Triple-A Indianapolis. Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a triple and run scored in the Indians 3-0 win over Rochester. Alvarez is batting .472 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI’s in his last 10 games. A positive for Alvarez has been patience at the plate and he has 4 walks to 3 strikeouts in his last four games, a span of 13 at-bats. GM Neal Huntington gave mixed signals on Alvarez today. Huntington called Alvarez’s .350 batting average at the time, “misleading”, while also indicating he is making progress but that there’s some things that need to be worked out. One area of emphasis from the Pirates has been on Alvarez hitting to left center. “Pedro’s biggest challenge is himself, and just trusting that when he hits the ball to leftRead More »
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 »
Scouts: Jeffrey NHL Ready Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and assist and John Curry made 29 saves to earn his ninth shutout of his Penguins career, leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Albany Devils on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Jeffrey continues his strong play, leading Wilkes Barre with 7 goals, 13 assists and 20 points on the season. Jeffrey has developed into an impact player in all facets of his game, playing a superb two-way game and is developing into a threat on the penalty kill, notching his 3rd shorthanded goal of the season tonight. The question in Penguins circles for a few weeks now is how long can the Penguins keep Jeffrey down in Wilkes Barre? He continues to prove his critics wrong and with so many players on one-year contracts, Jeffrey’s time with Pittsburgh will most likely come nextRead More »
2009 second round pick Philip Samuelsson is not participating in the Penguins development camp for the second year in a row. Many fans have been asking why he’s not attending and I’m told it has nothing to do with his underage incident a few months back. Samuelsson has been invited to participate in the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp from July 30 – Aug. 7 in Lake Placid, N.Y. A team contact tells me Samuelsson is currently training for the camp and there has been a mutual agreement from both sides for Samuelsson not to attend the Pens’ development camp so there is not a risk for injury. Samuelsson who is the Penguins No. 5 rated prospect in our updated rankings, played in all 42 games at Boston College in his freshman season and recorded 14 points – one goal and 13 assists – and a +15 rating.