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Penguins Invite 35 Players to Their Annual Prospect Development Camp

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 35 players to their annual prospect development camp to be held June 29-July 2 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa.

This year’s development camp roster will include four of the players selected in the 2016 NHL Draft, highlighted by the top pick, goalie Filip Gustavsson, who was the No. 1-rated European goaltender by NHL Central Scouting. The Penguins took Gustavsson with the 55th-overall selection, making him the third goaltender chosen this year.

The 35-man roster (click here for a complete roster) features 18 forwards, 13 defensemen and four goalies.

In addition to Gustavsson, the other 2016 draft picks scheduled to attend are three of the four defensemen selected, Connor Hall (third round), Niclas Almari (fifth round) and Joseph Masonius (sixth round). This is the second-straight year Masonius will be attending camp, as the University of Connecticut product attended last year as an amateur tryout.

The campers will practice for the first time on Wednesday, June 29 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Team A will hit the ice at 2:15 p.m., followed by Team B at 3:15 p.m.

Camp will conclude on Saturday, July 2 with a 3-on-3 competition from 3-5 p.m. at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

All practices are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of ice times is listed below.

On Thursday afternoon, all players and coaches will participate in youth dek hockey clinics throughout the Pittsburgh region.

In addition to the on-ice practices, fitness testing and the community event, players will participate in a variety of off-ice seminars and activities designed to help prepare them to better acclimate into the professional ranks.

While some of the Penguins’ prospects with professional experience, Josh Archibald, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon, will not be in attendance this week following a lengthy 2015-16 season that included a run as ‘Black Aces’ during Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup championship march, several top prospects will still be on hand.

Leading that list is forward Jake Guentzel, who led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in scoring during the 2016 postseason with 14 points (5G-9A). He was a third-round (77th overall) draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2013, and one of the highest-scoring college hockey players in the nation with Nebraska-Omaha before joining WBS.

In goal, Tristan Jarry returns to camp following a successful first year as a pro. Jarry won 17 AHL games for WBS, finishing tied for fifth in the league with five shutouts. He served as Jeff Zatkoff’s backup for Games 1 and 2 of Pittsburgh’s First Round playoff series against the New York Rangers.

The roster will also include a pair of defensemen signed late in the 2015-16 regular season, Lukas Bengtsson and Ethan Prow. Bengtsson comes to the Penguins from the Swedish League, where he helped Frolunda win the championship this year. Prow was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award after leading all NCAA defensemen in assists and points as a senior at St. Cloud State.

Last year, the Penguins invited 38 players to development camp. From that group, six players – goalie Matt Murray; forwards Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Oskar Sundqvist and Scott Wilson; and defenseman Derrick Pouliot – were members of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship playoff roster.

Three more, Sprong, Archibald and Simon, also saw NHL action in 2015-16.

Below is the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2016 Development Camp On-Ice Schedule:

Wednesday, June 29
2:15-3:00 p.m. – Team A Practice
3:15-4:00 p.m. – Team B Practice

Thursday, June 30
9:45 a.m. – Team A Skills Practice
10:45 a.m. – Team B Skills Practice
10:45 a.m. – Goalies Practice (Rink 2)

Friday, July 1
9:45 a.m. – Team B Practice
10:45 a.m. – Team A Practice

Saturday, July 2
3-5 p.m. – 3-on-3 Competition

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