Phil Kessel finally took the ice with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, though he'll have to wait a little longer to play with Sidney Crosby.
"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.
"I think he does a lot of things well," Crosby said of Kessel. "His speed and his shot stick out the most. I think that even his playmaking ability is probably underrated. But guys who can score like he can, they don't come around often. To have him on your team, to know he's one chance away anywhere in the offensive zone, it's nice to have that."
Kessel and Crosby are likely to spend much of the preseason getting to know each other.
"We haven't talked a ton yet," Kessel said. "We're just getting used to each other, used to the guys. We'll see how it goes, though."