The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the team’s annual prospect development camp July 14-18 at CONSOL Energy Center, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The first day on ice will be Tuesday, July 14 at CONSOL Energy Center.
This year’s roster has 37 players (23 forwards; 10 defensemen; and 4 goaltenders) and includes all four 2015 draft picks.
In addition to four days of on-ice sessions, the players will also partake in off-ice workouts, team building exercises and participate in seminars designed to help them better assimilate to being a professional hockey player.
The final practice on Saturday, July 18, which will include controlled scrimmage situations, will be free and open to the public. The practice begins at 3 p.m. and includes free parking in all CONSOL Energy Center surface lots. More information on the open practice will be released next week.
This year’s camp will be directed by first-year Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Mike Sullivan, who joined the Pittsburgh organization in June. Sullivan will be assisted by Wheeling Nailers head coach Clark Donatelli and Penguins goaltender development coach Mike Buckley.
Penguins assistant general managers Tom Fitzgerald and Bill Guerin and player development coach Mark Recchi will coordinate the off-ice portion of camp.
Among the attendees are three players who saw NHL action with Pittsburgh last season – defenseman Derrick Pouliot and forwards Bryan Rust and Scott Wilson. Pouliot and Rust both scored their first NHL goals during the regular season, while Wilson suited up for Pittsburgh during its opening-round series against the New York Rangers.
Also highlighting the roster is Matt Murray, the American Hockey League’s goaltender and rookie of the year, among the numerous honors he collected; Conor Sheary, who led WBS in scoring in both the regular season and playoffs; and forward Oskar Sundqvist, who nearly helped his Swedish Elite League team, Skelleftea, win its league championship after being one of the Penguins’ final cuts in October.
Two forwards – Wilson and Tyler Biggs – will not skate during camp due to injury, but will attend all other activities. Wilson is recovering from wrist surgery, while Biggs, acquired alongside Phil Kessel and Tim Erixon from Toronto last week, is coming off an Achilles’ injury.
Below is a complete development camp roster as of July 7 (click to expand):