Defenseman Kris Letang, winger Jonathan Filewich and goaltender David Brown are among the prospects attending the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects camp starting Wednesday in Kitchener, Ontario.
The camp runs through Sept. 11, and the young Penguins will have several days of practice sessions before competing in a series of games against teams of prospects from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coaches Todd Richards and Dan Bylsma will be on the ice with the players, but the entire Pittsburgh Penguins hockey staff – led by GM Ray Shero, assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, head coach Michel Therrien and assistant coaches Andre Savard and Mike Yeo – will attend the camp.
Letang, 20, scored two goals in seven NHL games for the Penguins during the 2006-07 season and was named the top defenseman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL); Filewich, 22, scored a team-high 30 goals last season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; Brown, 22, led all NCAA goalies with 30 wins and posted a 1.58 goals-against average during his senior season at Notre Dame.
First-round draft pick Angelo Esposito will not participate in the camp due to an injury. He suffered a groin injury while preparing to play with Team Canada in the Canada/Russia Super Series. The 18-year-old center will remain in Pittsburgh and continue to rehab in preparation for Penguins’ training camp.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski will miss the prospects camp, as expected, because he is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. The 22-year-old product of the University of Minnesota will not be cleared to resume contact until Oct. 1. He will continue his rehab program in Pittsburgh until the beginning of training camp.
Center Keven Veilleux, 18, the Penguins’ second-round pick in the 2007 draft, will miss the prospects camp and Penguins’ training camp after recently undergoing sports hernia surgery. Veilleux plays junior hockey for Victoriaville (QMJHL).
Pittsburgh Penguins veterans will report to training camp in Pittsburgh on September 13. More details on training camp will be provided this week.
Following is a schedule of games and the roster for the prospects camp:
Friday, Sept. 7 vs. Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 vs. Florida, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 vs. Ottawa, 2 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, TBA
Penguins Prospects Camp Roster
Defensemen: Robert Bortuzzo, Tyler Cuthbert, Jonathan D’Aversa, Alex Grant, Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy, Jake Muzzin, Jean-Philippe Paquet
Forwards: Aaron Boogaard, Luca Caputi, Matt Caria, Jonathan Filewich, Kevin Henderson, Brian Ihnacak, Dustin Jeffrey, Joe Jensen, Tyler Kennedy, Mark Letestu, Kyle Rank, Ryan Stone, Tim Wallace
Goaltenders: David Brown, John Curry