The Pittsburgh Penguins’ annual propsects camp will be conducted in Kitchener, Ontario, from Tuesday, September 9th, through Monday, September 15th. The camp will open with 4-days of practice, followed by a 3-day series of games against prospects from the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The prospects camp will be led by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coaches Dan Bylsma and Todd Reirden. As was the case last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ management, coaching and training staffs will be well represented at the camp. Among others, Penguins’ coach Michel Therrien and GM Ray Shero will be on-hand to assess the talent in the sytem. Two young players that they will likely be watching are defenseman Alex Goligoski and winger Luca Caputi.
Alex Goligoski caught management’s attention during last season’s playoffs by scoring 28-points (4G, 24A) in 23-games, setting a new AHL playoff scoring record for defensemen. He also tied the AHL record for points in a playoff season by a rookie. Depending on how the Darryl Sydor situation works out, Goligoski could potentially be an early season backfill for Ryan Whitney who will miss the first couple of months while recovering from foot surgery.
Luca Caputi also made a name for himself last season by scoring 51 goals in 66 games for the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League. With the Penguins’ depth at wing remaining a question heading into the fall, he could find himself being called upon in the regular season to round out the team.
In all, the Penguins will send 24 players to prospect camp. This includes the following 7 defensemen, 14 forwards and 3 goaltenders (click on any name for more detailed info):
- Aaron Boogard (RW)
- Luca Caputi (LW)
- Corey Cowick (LW)
- Jean-Michel Daoust (RW)
- Tommy Goebel (RW)
- Joey Haddad (RW)
- Dustin Jeffrey (C)
- Nick Johnson (RW)
- Cedric Lalonde-McNichol (C)
- Mark Letestu (C)
- Nathan Moon (C)
- Casey Pierro-Zabotel (LW)
- Keven Veilliux (C)
- Tim Wallace (RW)
For a complete and current listing of the young players that are “in the system” for the Penguins’ organization, go to NHLPens.com–>Rosters–>In the System.
On September 16th, immediately following the Prospect Camp, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ veterans will report to training camp. More details about the Penguins’ training camp will be provided when released by the team.