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Pens Travel Blog From Sweden - Day 2

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pens representatives will be providing an ongoing travel blog during the trip to Sweden and Finland for the Bridgestone Premeire. Check back for updates throughout the day, including photos and video.

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11:44am EST, Monday Sept 29th (5:44pm CEST - Central European Summer Time)
Penguins General Manager Ray Shero and Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher will take advantage of the trip to Sweden to do some scouting here this week – and that includes checking out one of the best young players in the world on Monday night. They’re taking a one-and-a-half hour train ride to watch 6-foot-5 defenseman Victor Hedman, who will play for MoDo in a Swedish Elite League game against Brynas.

Hedman, 17, is considered one of the best prospects available in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and should compete with Oshawa’s John Tavares to be the No. 1 pick overall.

The Penguins, of course, don’t expect that they’ll be in a position to draft him – or anywhere close -- but Shero and Fletcher believe it makes sense to evaluate as many top young players as possible. You never know what opportunities may arise in the future. And the chance to see Hedman up-close was too intriguing to pass up.

The Penguins’ staff also expects to take in a Swedish Elite League game between Djurgarden and Skelleftea on Tuesday night at the Hovet Arena in Stockholm. The Penguins skated the past two days at Hovet, which is Djurgarden’s home rink. The Djurgarden players skated here Monday morning, then stuck around to watch the Penguins practice.

Penguins players on a tour of Vasa Museum
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9:44am EST, Monday Sept. 29th (3:44pm CEST - Central European Summer Time)

Penguins players, coaches and staff went on a tour of Sweden's famous Vasa Museum on Monday afternoon. The Vasa was an enormous and ornate warship that sunk on its maiden voyage in the Stockholm harbor in 1628. It remained submerged in the harbor for 333 years until it was pulled to the surface in 1961. It is recognized as the best-preserved warship from the early 17th century and draws visitors from across the world.

The Penguins have another team event scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, when players will be split into small groups and compete in a scavenger hunt, finding and identifying landmarks throughout Stockholm.

Team management's goal was to have the players participate in several "team-building" events during the trip --  not only to build camaraderie but also to give the players a sense of the history and culture of Sweden.

7:13am EST
, Monday Sept. 29th (1:13pm CEST - Central European Summer Time)
Ruslan Fedotenko skated at left wing on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Miroslav Satan Monday as the Penguins practiced for the second straight day at the old Hovet Arena in Stockholm. The Pens took the ice at 11 a.m. Stockholm time  (5 a.m. Pittsburgh time), shortly after the Djurgarden club of the Swedish Elite League had completed its morning workout.

Fedotenko got his first look with Crosby and Satan during Friday's pre-season game at Toronto. Workers continue to put the finishing touches on the ice at the larger and much more modern Globe Arena, where the Penguins will take on Ottawa Saturday and Sunday.

Petr Sykora missed his second straight practice with a sore throat, but he is expected to be back on the ice Tuesday. In his absence, Janne Pesonen skated on right wing with Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal at practice.

Former Penguins defenseman Dick Tarnstrom was among those in attendance watching Monday's practice.

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