With the shortened training camp, the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects are getting very little time to show their skills as they contend for the few potentially available spots on the roster, most likely 2 or 3 wing positions and possibly a defenseman. This afternoon, following Day 3 of training camp, the coaching staff made 9 cuts, sending 6 players to the AHL and 3 more to the juniors. The cuts whittled the training camp roster down to 42 players as the team prepares for the first pre-season game on Saturday night at Mellon Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Heading to Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, the WIlkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, are forwards Luca Caputi (LW), Joey Haddad (LW), Dustin Jeffrey (C), Nick Johnson (RW), Mark Letestu (C), and Defenseman Jonathan D’Aversa (D). The Penguins sent 2 players to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Defensemen Alex Grant (D) was sent to the Saint John Sea Dogs and forward Keven Veilleux (C) was sent to Rimouski Oceanic. Finally, forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel (C) was sent to the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Jesse Marshall over at the Faceoff-Factor has done a tremendous job of putting out detailed daily reports from training camp, and the Penguins website provides nice video coverage of daily scrimmages, practice, and locker room interviews. You can use the following links to track the progress of the team through camp:
- Training Camp Day 1 – Wednesday, 17 Sep 08
- Training Camp Day 2 – Thursday, 18 Sep 08
- Training Camp Day 3 – Friday, 19 Sep 08
The first round of cuts leaves 42 players in camp, to include 24 forwards, 14 defensemen, and 4 goaltenders. The current roster includes the following players (by natural position, not necessarily the position they are being played)
- Left Wing
- Right Wing
On Thursday night, the Penguins held a Town Hall for Season Ticket Holders that included a Q&A session with several players (Orpik, Malkin, Whitney, Fleury, Talbot, Crosby). It was covered in a video over at the Penguins website on Pens TV.