The Pittsburgh Penguins will host their annual prospect development camp June 29-July 2 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa.
Among the players currently scheduled to attend 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.
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.
Four players who skated as ‘Black Aces’ during the Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup championship run, Josh Archibald, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon, will not be attending development camp following a lengthy season that began in early September at the rookie tournament in London, Ontario.
A complete roster will be released closer to the start of camp.
In addition to fitness testing and on-ice practices, players will participate in a variety of off-ice seminars and activities designed to help prepare them to better acclimate into the professional ranks.
The first on-ice practices will be on Wednesday, June 29 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Team A will hit the ice at 2:10 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 on-ice practices will be open to the public. A complete schedule of ice times is listed below.
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
2:10-3:00 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