Jake Guentzel has big four point night vs Minnesota State


2013 3rd round pick Jake Guentzel had a big night in Omaha-Nebraska’s 5-3 win over Minnesota State on Friday night. Guentzel collected a goal and added three assists for a four point night. Guentzel went 3 of 4 in the faceoff circle. He was second on the team with 4 shots on goal. Guentzel a complete two way forward, had a strong prospect camp for the Penguins TIOPS Prospect Ranking: #11 2014-2015 Stats (Omaha-Nebraska Univ): 1 GP – 1 Goal – 3 Assists – 4 Points – 4 SOG

Tristan Jarry off to dominant start


Tristan Jarry stole a victory for the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday, making 36 saves on 37 shots and played a major role on the Oil Kings killing off eight penalties in a 2-1 win over Medicine Hat. “Tristan was absolutely the only reason why we won that game. He was spectacular,” Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton said on the team website. “He was at the absolute top of his game.” Jarry won back to back games over the weekend and is a 2-0 with a .968 save percentage through his first two starts of the season. Edmonton is back in action tonight vs Medicine TIOPS Prospect Ranking: #5 2014-2015 Stats (Edmonton WHL): 2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .968 Save Percentage

J.S. Dea leads Penguins in scoring at Rookie Tournament for 2nd straight year


Jean-Sebastien Dea (No. 10 prospect) finished the Rookie tournament as the Penguins leading scorer with 2 goals and 3 assists in three games. Last year Dea led all Penguins rookies with 4 points, marking the second straight year he has led the Penguins in scoring. The Penguins were shutout 2-0 vs the Leafs today, finishing the tournament 2-1. 2013-2014 Stats (Rouyn QMJHL): 65 GP – 49 Goals – 26 Assists – 75 Pts

Jarry makes 36 saves on 40 shots in 5-4 shootout win over Blackhawks


Tristan Jarry made 40 saves on 44 shots in the Penguins 5-4 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks prospects. Jarry stopped 2 of 3 shooters in the shootout. Pittsburgh improved to 2-0 in the Rookie Tournament. Jarry the Penguins top goaltending prospect will attend Penguins training camp on Thursday but will return back to juniors. 2013-2014 Stats (Edmonton WHL): 44-14-3, 2.24 GAA

J.S. Dea has dominant game vs Senators in Rookie Tournament opener


Jean-Sebastien Dea (No. 10 prospect) one of the fastest rising prospects in the Penguins system, had a dominant rookie tournament opener vs the Ottawa Senators, with 1 goal and 2 assists, adding the game winner with 18 seconds left to play. Dea finished the game with 1 goal and 2 assist. Anton Zlobin (No. 9 prospect) and Josh Archibald (No. 11) also scored in the win, along with Tom Kuhnhackl who deflected a Dea shot. 2013-2014 Stats (Rouyn QMJHL): 65 GP – 49 Goals – 26 Assists – 75 Pts

Kasperi Kapanen to miss Rookie tournament due to injury


Kasperi Kapanen will miss the Penguins upcoming rookie tournament due to injury, the team announced this morning. Kapanen suffered a shoulder and finger injury while playing for Finland in Lake Placid last month, According to the Penguins, Kapanen “should” be ready for the start of Penguins training camp which begins September 18-19, The Penguins rookie tournament runs from September 13 – September 16 where they will play Ottawa, Chicago and Toronto in London, Ont. 2013-2014 Stats (Kalpa): 47 GP – 7 Goals – 7 Assists – 14 Pts

Jean-Sebastien Dea 94 goals in last two junior seasons


The highest scoring Penguins prospect over the last two years? Jean-Sebastien Dea by a wide margin. Dea scored 94 goals in his last two seasons for Rouyn of the QMJHL. He’s doing something right and a fast rising prospect in the Penguins system. How will his game translate to AHL? He’s among top prospects to watch going into 2013-2014 season 2013-2014 Stats (Rouyn QMJHL): 65 GP – 49 Goals – 26 Assists – 75 Pts

Edmonton Oil Kings will lean heavily on Tristan Jarry in 2014-2015


Tristan Jarry had great success in first full season as a starter for Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) going 44-14-3 with a 2.24 GAA and .914 save percentage. With the Oil Kings losing a lot of top talent, Jarry will be a work horse for the Oil Kings in 14-15, according to the Edmonton Journal. “He’s a work horse,” Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton said. “That’s a grind physically, but there’s a mental component to that also. I think he handled both extremely well.” 2013-2014 Stats (Edmonton WHL): 44-14-3, 2.24 GAA

Hurricanes passed on Kasperi Kapanen despite having top-10 grade on him


When the Penguins drafted Kasperi Kapanen with the No. 22 overall pick, Jim Rutherford stated the Penguins had him 7th on their board. Was that the Penguins board or the Hurricanes board? “He’s considered to be one of the top prospects in the Draft,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes director of amateur scouting, prior to the draft. “He’s going to fall into the category of a top-10 pick where he’ll fit somewhere.” Funny how things play out. If Rutherford is still in Carolina, it’s a near certainty he would have taken Kapanen at No. 7. Kapanen falls to No. 22 and ends up in Pittsburgh with a chance to cash in down the road on Sidney Crosby’s or Evgeni Malkin’s line. If Ray Shero’s the GM, he’s not taking a European in Round 1. 2013-2014 Stats (Kalpa): 47 GP – 7 Goals – 7 Assists – 14 Pts

Johnston feels Derrick Pouliot is ready for NHL


There likely isn’t a hockey coach who knows Derrick Pouliot better than Mike Johnston. Although some scouts feel Pouliot isn’t good defensively enough yet to consistently contribute at NHL level, lots of stock has to be put into how Johnston feels about Pouliot. Johnston feels Pouliot is ready for NHL. Yeah, I do. For sure,” Johnston told the Tribune-Review. “Not only his play in Portland, but the thing that convinced me the most was last year at the World Juniors. I really thought Derrick was the best defenseman in the tournament. If you can play at that level on the world stage, yeah, you’re ready.” 2013-2014 Stats (Portland WHL): 58 GP – 17 Goals – 53 Assists – 70 Pts