The Pittsburgh Penguins prospects camp opens on Wednesday, September 5, and continues through Tuesday, September 11, in Kitchener, Ontario. The camp will start with team practices and will lead up to a full four-team rookie tournament with prospects from the Florida Panthers, the Ottawa Senators, and the Toronto Maple Leafs all competing.
The Penguins prospects will be coached by Todd Richards and Dan Bylsma of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It is reported that much of the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Operations and Coaching Staff will be in attendance, to include the General Manager Ray Shero, his assistant Chuck Fletcher, head coach Michel Therrien and assistant coaches Andre Savard and Mike Yeo.
The following prospects are projected to partake in the camp and subsequent tournament:
Forwards: Aaron Boogaard, Luca Caputi, Matt Caria, Jonathan Filewich, Kevin Henderson, Brian Ihnacak, Dustin Jeffrey, Joe Jensen, Tyler Kennedy, Mark Letestu, Kyle Rank, Ryan Stone, Tim Wallace
Defensemen: Robert Bortuzzo, Tyler Cuthbert, Jonathan D’Aversa, Alex Grant, Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy, Jake Muzzin, Jean-Phillippe Paquet
Goaltenders: David Brown, John Curry
First-round draft pick Angelo Esposito’s participation is questionable due to a groin injury he suffered in late August. The forward is reportedly travelling with the team, but whether or not he participates is subject to further medical evaluation.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and will miss both the prospects camp and training camp. He is not expected to be cleared for contact before October 1st.
Second-round draft pick Keven Veilleux will also miss both the prospects camp and training camp. The forward is recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.
The following is a tentative schedule of games for the prospects camp:
Friday, September 7th vs. Toronto, 6:30 PM
Saturday, September 8th vs. Florida, 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 9th vs. Ottawa, 2:00 PM
Monday, September 10th vs. TBA
The Pittsburgh Penguins veterans report to training camp in Pittsburgh on September 13th, and we will bring you more details as they become available.