The player who caught my eye the most during today’s scrimmage between Group A and Group B was 2011 second round pick Scott Harrington.
Harrington entering his first professional season with the Penguins, was excellent throughout the scrimmage, showing great defensive positioning and instincts. He also moved the puck well when under pressure from forecheckers.
This was likely by designed from the coaches as Brian Dumoulin and Harrington were out on the ice for the bulk of shifts from Group A’s top line of Jussi Jokinen – Brandon Sutter – Matt D’Agostini, and Harrington playing the right side looked like a seasoned veteran out there. You can tell Harrington has been coached really well and he’s much stronger than he was a year ago. A very good first day for him.
*Another young player who stood out was Matia Marcantuoni, the Penguins 4th round pick in 2012. He was using his speed well and making things happen offensively. The Penguins see Marcantuoni’s ceiling as a bottom-6 player.
*Derrick Pouliot was not very noticeable offensively and defensively had some welcome to the NHL moments when out against the Crosby line.
*My observation of Chuck Kobasew today is that what’s going to hinder his chances to make this team is the lack of speed he has. Along with not being physical, he doesn’t have a good burst and the Penguins look for speed from their wingers in the bottom-6.
*Harry Zolnierczyk a strong candidate for the last forward spot, did not show much from an energy standpoint. He looked very ordinary.
*Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang were paired together today and people should get use to seeing that.