PENGUINS POST-DEVELOPMENT CAMP PROSPECT PROFILE PLAYER INTERVIEWS By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com BRIAN DUMOULIN Acquired via trade (6/22/12); Drafted in 2nd Round in 2009 (51st overall) 2013-14 Recap Saw NHL action in 6 games with Pittsburgh, posting an assist and a +1 rating. Missed some time with Wilkes-Barre due to a few minor injuries, playing in only 53 games. Under-performed offensively during the regular season with 5 goals and just 16 assists, but emerged in the AHL post-season with 12 points in 17 games (2nd on the team). Disciplined play resulted in just 21 PIMs in the AHL. 2014-15 Outlook Slowed progress during AHL regular season was concerning but Dumoulin’s play in the post-season and his dominant performance in the prospect camp has him very strongly on the NHL radar for the 2014-2015 season. However, what could be in Dumoulin’s way of emerging as a regular this coming seasonRead More »
LATEST PROSPECTS BUZZ The Pittsburgh Penguins are an organization that has struggled mightily to develop forwards in their system. There’s no denying that fact. The team doesn’t have one forward in their system right now that screams top-6 forward/winger, but there’s a small group of forwards who project as the next wave of young forwards who could become NHL players in the next 1-2 years. Jayson Megna has come onto the scene this year and has shown enough where he could earn a full time bottom-6 role next year and Brian Gibbons has some in the organization believing he’s an NHL player who could have a future here, though, he’s more of a tweener. After those two, there’s not a lot of players on the cusp of pushing to be regulars next season or the year after. Expectations were high for 2010 4th round pick Tom Kuhnhackl but he hasRead More »
PROSPECTS BUZZ Improved defensive play has some in the Penguins organization believing that 2012 1st round pick Derrick Pouliot, the 8th overall pick, is likely to emerge as a strong candidate for regular NHL action next season, sources say. Pouliot made a strong impression on the Penguins coaching staff in training camp with his top end offensive skills but the Penguins and scouts outside the organization all seem to be in agreement that Pouliot is evolving into a more complete player. That’s what scouts coming out of the recent SuperSeries are telling me about Pouliot and if paired with a defensive minded defenseman at the NHL level, the Penguins could have two 20 year old defensemen in the lineup next season in Pouliot and Olli Maatta who has emerged as a regular already at age 19. Pouliot has 7 goals, 25 points and a +13 rating in 24 games forRead More »
PIRATES PROSPECTS BUZZ Keith Law released his newly updated top-25 prospects list and as expected, Gerrit Cole (No. 12) and Jameson Taillon (No. 14) remain in the top-25 but the biggest surprise is outfielder Gregory Polanco (No. 22) ranking No. 22, a jump of 33 spots from Law’s preseason ranking of Polanco at No. 55. Polanco, 21, is hitting .310 with 6 home runs, 27 RBIs, 14 doubles and 19 stolen bases for the Bradenton Marauders. Law mentions that while some scouts question whether Polanco will stay at center field, Law speaks highly of Polanco’s offensively ability and feels he can very good in a corner outfield spot or a star if he stays at center because of his hitting ability.
ON THE FARM SYSTEM The Penguins have loaded up for a Cup run but there figures to be a lot of turnover this summer with the cap going down to $64.3 million. The Penguins have several key unrestricted free agents in Jarome Iginla, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Brenden Morrow, Craig Adams, Douglas Murray, Mark Eaton and notable restricted free agents include Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey and Robert Bortuzzo. A number of those players likely won’t be back next season. Today’s we’ll take a look at the development of the Penguins notable prospects in Wilkes Barre and others who could be knocking on the door for an NHL role: TOP-5 PLAYERS TO WATCH Beau Bennett, RW, 2010 1st round pick 2012-2013 Stats: 38 GP – 7 Goals – 20 Assists – 27 Pts – -7 Scouting Report: Bennett has been a huge surprise in the organization of how well he’s transitionedRead More »
PENGUINS PROSPECTS BUZZ Five Penguins draft picks, Teddy Blueger, Minnesota State, Kenny Agostino, Yale, Scott Wilson, UMass-Lowell, Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud State, and Bryan Rust, Notre Dame, will be participating in the NCAA Tournament this week. The Men’s Frozen Four is April 11 and 13 at the Consol Energy Center. UMass-Lowell is in the Northeast Regional, Yale in the West Regional and Notre Dame, St. Cloud State are in the Mid-West Regional. UMass-Lowell and Notre Dame are No. 1 seeds and considered favorites to get to the Frozen Four. Pens Prospects in Action This Week: No. 1 Notre Dame (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 St. Cloud State (23-15-1), Saturday, March 30 1:30 p.m. ET No. 1 Massachusetts-Lowell (26-10-2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (22-12-7), Friday, March 29 4:30 p.m. ET No. 1 Minnesota (26-8-5) vs. No. 4 Yale (18-12-3), Friday, March 29, 2 p.m. ET SCOUTS BUZZ LW Kenny Agostino, Yale, JuniorRead More »
LATEST PROSPECTS BUZZ The Pittsburgh Penguins, as expected, have made a play to sign defenseman Andrej Sustr, Nebraska-Omaha University. Sustr a towering defenseman at 6-foot-8, 228-pounds, is regarded by many scouts as the top potential college free agent available and is being coveted by as many as 23 teams this week. Sustr had 9 goals and 25 points and a +16 rating in 39 games for Nebraska-Omaha University. [instory] The Penguins have been expecting word today on whether they are a finalist for Sustr but expectations appear to be very low inside the organization as the Penguins don’t feel Sustr attending the Penguins prospect camp in July gives them any edge to sign Sustr, who according to a source, is looking for the best opportunity to play in the NHL soon. That likely doesn’t include Pittsburgh. Buzz in league circles have the Lightning, Islanders, Rangers and Senators being regarded amongRead More »
PENS SUMMER CAMP INVITEES COVETED Two college players, defenseman Andrej Sustr, Nebraska-Omaha university, and forward Antoine Laganiere, Yale, are among the highest coveted college players by NHL teams who are looking to dip into the college free agent pool this spring. [instory] How this relates to the Penguins is Sustr and Laganiere have been players of interest to the Penguins and both were invitees to the Penguins summer prospect camp this past July. Sustr a towering defenseman at 6-foot-8, 227-pounds, is regarded by many scouts as the top potential college free agent available. He has 8 goals and 14 points in 33 games for Nebraska-Omaha. Laganiere who possesses excellent size at 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, has 12 goals and 24 points in 29 games for Yale. Last year he had 19 goals and 33 points in 35 games for Yale. Coaches love the pro body he has. The Penguins have scouted bothRead More »