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Prospects Take Part In Conditioning Camp

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Prospects Luca Caputi, Dustin Jeffrey, Brian Strait, Carl Sneep and others – including three members of the recently-selected 2008 NHL draft class – will take part in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ annual prospects conditioning camp, starting Tuesday.

The prospects will take part in on-ice practice and scrimmage sessions at Iceoplex at Southpointe, undergo medical and fitness testing at the UPMC Sports Medicine Complex on the South Side, and attend meetings and seminars at Mellon Arena. Instructors at the camp will be Penguins director of player development Tom Fitzgerald and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assistant coach, Dan Bylsma.

The 2008 draft picks who will participate are center Nathan Moon of Kingston (4th round), goaltender Patrick Killeen of Brampton (6th round) and defenseman Nicholas D’Agostino of St. Michael’s (7th round).  All were selected at the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday in Ottawa.

Also attending the camp will be local product Tyler Murovich, a former Mt. Lebanon High School star who played last season for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League.  Murovich had 19 goals and 38 points in 68 games for Saginaw.  He helped lead Mt. Lebanon to the state title in 2006.

Among those attending the camp will be:

Caputi, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound left winger who was the fourth-leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey League in 2007-08.  Caputi had 51 goals and 60 assists for 111 points in 66 games for Niagara.  After the completion of his junior season, he played in 19 American Hockey League playoff games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, chipping in two goals and four points as the team reached the AHL finals.  He was the Penguins’ fourth-round pick in 2007.

Jeffrey, a 6-1, 205-pound center who ranked ninth in scoring in the OHL.  Jeffrey had 38 goals and 59 assists for 97 points in 56 games for Sault Ste. Marie.  Following his junior season, he also joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the AHL playoffs and contributed two goals and three points in 15 games.  He was the club’s sixth-round pick in 2007.

Strait, a 6-1, 200-pound defenseman at Boston University, was captain of the United States national team at the World Junior Championships.  A 2006 third-round pick, he two years of eligibility remaining at BU.

Sneep, a 6-3, 205-pound defenseman at Boston College, helped the Eagles to the NCAA championship this season.  A 2006 second-round pick, he also has two years of college eligibility remaining.


Tuesday – Players on ice at Southpointe, 3 p.m.

Wednesday – Players make guest appearance at Penguins annual youth hockey camp at Ice Castle, Castle Shannon, 11:45 a.m.

Thursday – Players on ice at Southpointe, 3 p.m.

Saturday– Players on ice at Southpointe, 3 p.m.

PLAYERS ATTENDING CAMP: Aaron Boogaard, Robert Bortuzzo, David Brown, Luca Caputi, Nicholas D’Agostino, Jonathan D’Aversa, Ryan Duncan, Kyle Gajewski, Michael Gergen, Alex Grant, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Patrick Killeen, Mark Letestu, Cam MacIntyre, Bobby Mignardi, Nathan Moon, Tyler Murovich, Jake Muzzin, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Carl Sneep, Brian Strait, Keven Veilleux, Joe Vitale.

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