"It feels great," the speedy right wing said after the opening day of training camp, according to the team website. "Obviously it was a good first day out there, I got some work in. Just ready to go this year."
Kessel, acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, did line rushes in the morning with Matt Cullen and Conor Sheary. However, coach Mike Johnston has said he'll start the preseason playing on the right side on a line centered by Crosby. The Penguins said Thursday that Kessel will make his preseason debut against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.