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Recchi honored, humbled to enter Hockey Hall of Fame

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

A day after returning from the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Penguins director of player development Mark Recchi was in a meeting at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Monday when his phone rang.

It was Lanny McDonald, chairman of the board of the Hockey Hall of Fame - calling to let Recchi know that the wait was over. Recchi had finally been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Mark Recchi Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

Pittsburgh Penguins director of player development Mark Recchi, whose 22-year NHL career included a Stanley Cup championship as a player with Pittsburgh in 1991, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame today.

The NHL's 12th all-time leading scorer with 1,533 points in 1,652 games, Recchi is the seventh player from the Penguins' 1991 championship team to make it into the Hall of Fame, joining Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Joe Mullen, Larry Murphy and Bryan Trottier. Jaromir Jagr will increase that number to eight once he retires.

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Penguins Invite 40 Players to Their Annual Prospect Development Camp

Camp runs from June 28-July 1; All practices, including the Saturday scrimmage, will be open to the public

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they have invited 40 players to their annual prospect development camp. Camp will run from Wednesday, June 28 until Saturday, July 1 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa. 

This year's roster (click here to see full roster) will include all six players selected in Saturday's NHL Draft in Chicago, led by defenseman Zachary Lauzon, Pittsburgh's top choice (2nd round; 51st overall). The Pens' development camp roster has 24 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.

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Reaves has adapted style

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan Reaves knows his reputation around the National Hockey League.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is a bruising power forward that thrives at inflicting punishment on his opposition. 

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Meet Pittsburgh's 2017 NHL Draft Class

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Penguins traded their first-round pick (31st overall) and forward Oskar Sundqvist to St. Louis on Day 1 of the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday at United Center in exchange for forward Ryan Reaves and the Blues' second-round pick (51st overall).

That gave Pittsburgh six total selections on Day 2, and for the second straight year, they chose four defensemen. Over the past two drafts, eight of the 12 players selected by Pittsburgh have been blueliners.

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Penguins Add Six Players to the Organization at the 2017 NHL Draft

Pens load up on defensive prospects for second-straight year

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

General manager Jim Rutherford's scouting staff added six players to the organization's prospect pool on Saturday, beginning with defenseman Zachary Lauzon.

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Phillips models game after Letang, has ties to Guentzel

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

While Clayton Phillips was born and raised in Minnesota, he's always been a Penguins fan.

"I just love the way they play," Phillips said. "They're always one of the best teams, if not the best, so it's easy to cheer for them."

Needless to say, Phillips was ecstatic to be selected by the Pens in the third round (93rd overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday at United Center.

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Lauzon brings physicality, compete to Pens

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

When he was a little kid growing up in Val D'Or, Quebec, Zachary Lauzon would go and watch the local junior team that featured a couple of future NHLers - one of them being Kris Letang.

Now, years later, Lauzon is in the same NHL organization as Letang. 

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Penguins Select Defenseman Zachary Lauzon in the 2017 NHL Draft

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins made defenseman Zachary Lauzon from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League their top pick in the 2017 NHL Draft Draft. Lauzon was selected with the 51st overall selection in the second round.

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Pens add muscle with Reaves

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens' star players took a lot of abuse during the past two seasons, especially during their back-to-back Stanley Cup championship runs in 2016 and '17.

On occasion, that abuse crossed the line beyond just the normal physical play one expects during a game. 

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