Latest Prospects Buzz

The Pittsburgh Penguins rookie tournament continues today. The games can be followed at

Here’s some feedback from one NHL evaluator on three notable Penguin prospects from the tournament:

On Daniel Sprong:

“He’s too good for that tournament,” the NHL source said. “When he gets open ice down the wing he can push defenders back with speed and you have to be on notice because of the puck skills. A lot to like in the To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!

As for the key question marks surrounding Sprong’s game that will dictate how soon he’ll be an NHL regular?

“[For me] how quick he gets to the NHL comes down to how he adapts without the puck. He doesn’t play a ‘lick To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!

On Teddy Blueger:

“He’s on the fast track [to the NHL],” the source said.

Two reasons why — “High hockey IQ and two-way play”

“Coaches love young guys they can trust [in their own end]. Teddy is that type of player…..Great instincts on the penalty kill. He could be Pittsburgh’s best penalty killer for years to come.”

As for the offensive upside?

“The [hide] vision he has is something else,” the source said. “Everything’s coming together for him and he’s in a great situation [to succeed].”[/hide]

On Zach Aston-Reese

“If he’s going to make it [NHL player], it’s going to be as a plugger,” the source said. “Zach has a toughness element [to his game] I like…..strong on the puck in the corners and will go to the dirty areas.”

The biggest question marks surrounding Aston Reese’s game……..

“He doesn’t [hide] skate well enough to play in the NHL [right now],” the source said. “Not enough pace to his game.” [/hide]

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