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Penguins' Kapanen cleared for training camp

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Kasperi Kapanen, who sat out the team's prospect tournament with a broken finger, has been cleared to participate in training camp according to coach Mike Johnston.


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Kapanen, the 22nd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, had been out with a broken finger that kept him out of a recent rookie tournament in London, Ontario. He is No. 39 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

Johnston also had injury updates on veteran forward Pascal Dupuis and young defensemen Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot.

Dupuis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December and had surgery in February. He will be held out of contact for the first week of training camp.

"Obviously if I'm wearing it [non-contact jersey], it's for a reason, Dupuis said. "That's what the doctors and the trainers want. But if you ask me, I'd be wearing a black jersey and bumping into everybody."

Maatta and Pouliot each had shoulder surgery. Maatta can engage in "limited" contact at the start of camp, while Pouliot will skate in the morning but not take part in practices when camp opens.

Pouliot, the eighth pick of the 2012 draft, is No. 17 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

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