Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins to Take Part in 2019 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo

Pens to Face Prospects from the Sabres, Devils and Bruins Between Sept. 6-9 at the HarborCenter in Buffalo

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins will send 24 players to the Prospects Challenge for a third-straight year in Buffalo, New York. The tournament will run from September 6-9 at the HarborCenter in Buffalo.

The Penguins will face off against prospects from the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and host-team Buffalo Sabres. The tournament begins with the Penguins and Bruins on Friday, September 6 at 3:30 PM.

Pittsburgh will also play games on Saturday, September 7 at 3:30 PM against the Devils and on Monday, September 9 at 12:30 PM versus the Sabres. Both of those games will be streamed at https://www.nhl.com/devils and https://www.nhl.com/sabres, respectively. Michelle Crechiolo will also be on hand to provide coverage of the Prospects Challenge on the @PensInsideScoop Twitter account, and on the Penguins' official website and app.

Below is the Penguins schedule:

Pittsburgh Penguins' 2019 Prospects Challenge Schedule

Friday, September 6
3:30 PM - Game vs. Boston

Saturday, September 7
3:30 PM - Game vs. New Jersey

Monday, September 9
12:30 PM - Game vs. Buffalo

This year's Pens team will consist of 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders (Full Roster Here).

For the first time, Penguins' fans can see Sam Poulin, 18, the Pens' first round (21st overall) selection in the 2019 NHL Draft and Nathan Legare, 18, the Pens' third round (74th) pick in game action. Poulin is coming off a season with Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he recorded team highs in goals (29), assists (47) and points (76) while skating in 67 regular-season games. Legare played with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL in '18-19 and finished second (tied) in the league with 45 goals.

Also participating in the tournament are newly-acquired defensemen Pierre-Olivier Joseph, 20, and John Marino, 22, from Arizona and Edmonton, respectively.

The roster includes eight returnees from last year (Calen Addison, Anthony Angello, Jordy Bellerive, Jan Drozg, Renars Krastenbergs, Sam Lafferty, Sam Miletic, and Alex D'Orio).

Newly-hired Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach and general manager Mike Vellucci will be behind the bench for the Prospects Challenge. He'll be joined by his assistants, J.D. Forrest and Jarrod Skalde.

Following the Prospects Challenge, the Penguins will open their 2019 training camp with their first on-ice practice on Friday, September 13. A full training camp roster and schedule will be released at a later date. 

View More