The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 24 prospects to participate in a rookie tournament September 13-16 in London, Ontario, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Penguins prospects will be competing against players from the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks in a three-game rookie tournament that will be held at Budweiser Gardens, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.
Pittsburgh plays its first game on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. against Ottawa; the Penguins play the following afternoon at 2 p.m. versus Chicago; and in the final game of the tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Penguins face the host Toronto Maple Leafs at 2 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s roster has 15 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders, and it includes a pair of defensemen in Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin who were contributors to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins run to the Eastern Conference Finals this past spring.
Harrington, 21, is coming off his first professional season that saw him tie for second among all WBS defensemen with 24 points (6G-19A) and a plus-9 in 76 regular-season games. Harrington starred as a junior player for the London Knights, leading the team to back-to-back OHL championships in 2012 and ’13.
Dumoulin, 22, saw NHL action with Pittsburgh for the first time in ’13-14, collecting one assist in six NHL games. During the ’14 Calder Cup playoffs, Dumoulin placed second on WBS, and first among blueliners, with 12 points (3G-9A) in 17 games.
Pittsburgh’s rookie tournament roster also includes goaltender Tristan Jarry, the Penguins’ second round (44th overall) draft pick in 2013 who helped lead the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) to both a league and Memorial Cup championship in ’13-14.
Splitting time with Jarry in London will be another prospect goaltender who is coming off a stellar campaign, Matt Murray, the Penguins’ third-round draft pick in 2012. Murray won 32 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in ’13-14 while tying for the league lead with six shutouts.
Other prospects on Pittsburgh’s roster are 2014 first-round draft pick (22nd overall) Kasperi Kapanen, forward Josh Archibald, a 2014 Hobey Baker Award finalist as the NCAA’s top college hockey player and defenseman Reid McNeill, a London, Ontario native who like Harrington played junior hockey for the Knights.
WBS head coach John Hynes and assistant coach Alain Nasreddine will oversee the tournament. The two have led the WBS Penguins to back-to-back AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearances.
Below is a full rookie tournament roster and game schedule:
Saturday, September 13, 2014
2:00 p.m. Game vs. Ottawa
Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. Game vs. Chicago
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
2:00 p.m. Game vs. Toronto