DAY 3 OBSERVATIONS
Today’s session had a 30 minute power skating portion with power skating instructor Marianne Watkins followed by a 3-on-3 scrimmage session.
Some Notes from today’s workout:
— Through three days LW Kenny Agostinio has been one of the best overall performers in camp. He’s flashed NHL potential and his two-way game really stands out. His skillset won’t wow you but he has excellent hands in around the net and can make the skill play. What jumps out with him in looking at his NHL potential is how he goes to the tough areas, providing a good combination of hockey IQ, skill and size at 6-1, 200 lbs. He’ll go to the corners to win puck battles and looks to make himself a presence in front of the net.
— Teddy Blueger, the Penguins second round pick last month, was the best player on the ice today in 3-on-3 sessions. He had a handful of goals and setup several others. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s not an understatement to call him the second most skilled player in the system at forward. He has great poise with the puck and creativity in the playmaking department. He’s very patient with the puck and lets the play develop. I’ve been impressed with him all week
— Kept a close eye on 1st round pick Derrick Pouliot today during 3-on-3 play, and while he’s been overmatched physicaly at times as he seems to lack upper body strength, he showed great escape ability today when eluding a incoming forechecker. He kind of skates low to the ground, so he’s a player that appears to be hard to knock off the puck. Looking forward to seeing him Saturday in game situations but it’s obvious that Pouliot is at least a two-three years away from being NHL ready.
— Defenseman Philip Samuelsson continues to look much more fluid in the skating department and a strength in his game defensively is his long reach as he uses his stick effectively.
— Josh Archibald is one of those players who just always seems to bring it. He was tenancious in the 3-on-3 down low drills going after loose pucks.
— While Archibald and Matia Marcantuoni are arguably the quickest players in camp, Joe Morrow was the fastest skater today during the power skating session where the players went from goal-line to the far blueline. Instructor Marianne Watkins was praising Morrow’s stride and she even mentioned to the players on the ice that the player with the best stride she has ever seen is former Penguin Jordan Staal.
Here is the Updated Height-Weight of Players in Camp
The Penguins have a lot of size coming up on the blueline.
Nick D’agostino 6-2, 197 lbs, 2010 7th round pick
Simon Despres 6-4, 214 lbs, 2009 1st round pick
Brian Dumuolin 6-4, 220 lbs, Acquired in trade from Car
Scott Harrington 6-2, 205 lbs, 2011 2nd round pick
Olli Maatta 6-2, 206 lbs, 2012 1st round pick
Reid McNeill 6-4, 204 lbs, 2010 6th round pick
Joe Morrow 6-1, 204 lbs, 2011 1st round pick
Derrick Pouliot 5-11, 195 lbs, 2012 1st round pick
Harrison Ruopp 6-3, 205 lbs Acquired in trade from Phx
Philip Samuelsson 6-2, 194 lbs 2009 2nd round pick
Clark Seymour 6-4, 202 lbs, 2012 5th round pick
Andrej Sustr 6-7, 224 lbs, Camp Invite (UFA)
Alex Velischek 5-11, 211 lbs 2009 5th round pick
Kenny Agostino 6-1, 200 lbs, 2010 5th round pick
Josh Archibald 5-10, 181 lbs, 2011 6th round pick
Beau Bennett 6-2, 207 lbs, 2010 1st round pick
Teddy Blueger 6-1, 183 lbs, 2012 2nd round pick
Brian Gibbons 5-8, 170 lbs, Signed as Free Agent (4/4/11)
Antoine Laganiere 6-4, 205 lbs Camp Invite (UFA)
Matia Marcantuoni 6-0, 197 lbs, 2012 4th round pick
Jayson Megna 6-1, 195 lbs, Camp Invite (UFA)
Liam O’Brien 6-1, 202 lbs, Camp Invite (UFA)
Adam Payerl 6-3, 218 lbs, Signed as free agent (3/1/12)
Zach Sill 6-0, 202 lbs, Signed as free agent (5/16/11)
Oskar Sundqvist 6-3, 183 lbs, 2012 3rd round pick
Paul Thompson 6-1, 198 lbs, Signed as free agent (3/28/11)
Dominik Uher 6-1, 199 lbs, 2011 5th round pick
Scott Wilson 5-11, 184 lbs, 2011 7th ound pick
Anton Zlobin 5-11, 189 lbs, 2012 6th round pick
Matt Murray 6-4, 166 lbs, 2012 3rd round pick
Sean Maguire 6-2, 202 lbs, 2012 4th round pick
Ryan Faragher 6-2, 207 lbs, Camp Invite (UFA)