The First practice session featured the Black team The team first worked on some 3-on-0‚Äôs to warm up the goalies The next drill was all about the forwards catching the puck off the boards. This is a good drill for wingers. Janne Pesonen showed some acceleration in this drill The next drill was very similar where the forward would catch a pass off the boards and go down the ice and pull-up and hit the trailer. Defenseman Kris Letang looked good in this drill. He has improved his shot compared to last year and his release is quicker. Jordan Staal was skating very well in today’s practice. He is shooting with confidence and has his head up the entire time. Last year he was shooting with his head down way too often and that‚Äôs what goalies want. What Staal needs to improve is catching a hard pass on his backhandRead More »
DePaoli’s Inside Report on the Penguins Black – White Scrimmage is posted. White Team Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Cooke Stone ‚Äì Beech ‚Äì Godard Minard ‚Äì Jeffrey ‚Äì Wallace Gonchar ‚Äì Orpik Sydor ‚Äì Goligoski Lovejoy ‚Äì Richmond Black Team Staal ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Pesonen ‚Äì Taffe ‚Äì Kennedy James ‚Äì Henrich ‚Äì Thomas Bissonnette ‚Äì Gove ‚Äì Filewich Eaton ‚Äì Letang Scuderi ‚Äì Gill Mormina ‚Äì Engellend
In-depth Analysis of the 1st session The first set of drills centered around some puck moving drills which went into 2-on-1‚Äôs with shots from the point. The skating ability of Ruslan Fedotenko was exceptional today. Fedotenko has started out camp on a line with Max Talbot and Matt Cooke. Fedotenko playing in a third line role is a perfect fit for him. Crosby was flying from the start. You could really tell he was working on his shot during the summer. He went hard in every drill.
Alex Goligoski, Kevin Veilleux and Casey-Pierro-Zabotel are drawing rave reviews from the Penguins prospect tournament. Aaron Boogaard appears to be following his brother footsteps and goes two-for-two against the Florida Panthers. Goaltender David Brown has a shaky outing and a young Penguins defenseman has a strong outing. DePaoli gives you the latest insight and more
The Penguins report to the UPMC South Side facility Tuesday morning for physicals and tests. The team will then hit the ice Wednesday morning. The majority of the players arrived in Pittsburgh this weekend. When the players hit the ice Wednesday morning it is going to be a very intense camp. There are six to eight players vying for the final two forward spots. Among the players going to garner serious consideration to make the squad will be Jeff Taffe, Kris Beech, Ryan Stone, Jonathan Filewich, Bill Thomas, Janne Pesonen, Dustin Jeffery, and Chris Minard. Just a reminder: Inside Pittsburgh Sports will have daily reports from Penguins training camp available only to Inside Access Members. DePaoli gives you the latest buzz
Rangers forward Markus Naslund tells Newsday that he is looking to rebound after a few subpar seasons in Vancouver. Naslund a 2008 free agent signee of the Rangers, turned down offers from the Canucks, Penguins, Wild. Naslund recorded 25 goals ‚Äì 30 assists and 55 points last season with Vancouver. Naslund is expected to start the season on a line with Scott Gomez. Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff tells the Buffalo News that the Sabres need to get back into playoff contention. In the past two seasons the Sabres have lost Chris Drury, Daniel Breire to free agency and traded star defenseman Brian Campbell to San Jose at last years trade deadline. The Sabres did not make any major moves this summer.
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