The Pittsburgh Penguins released a roster of 37 prospects who will be attending the team’s annual prospect development camp July 16-20 at CONSOL Energy Center, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Pittsburgh’s development camp roster includes 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders. The roster features 23 players who were drafted by the Penguins – including all six of the team’s 2013 draft picks.
Previously-announced attendees Tristan Jarry, Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Scott Harrington, Brian Dumoulin, Oskar Sundqvist and Eric Hartzell will be joined by defensive-minded blueliner Harrison Ruopp and 2013 third-round draft pick (77th overall) Jake Guentzel.
Fans are invited to attend the camp-concluding scrimmage – which is free and open to the public – on Saturday, July 20 at 3 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. Doors will open at 2 p.m. at the American Eagle and Trib Total Media Gates.
Complimentary parking will be available in all CONSOL Energy Center surface lots. Several concession stands, as well as PensGear – the Penguins’ official team store – and the Dick’s Sporting Goods box office will be open.
Jarry, 18, was Pittsburgh’s top selection at the 2013 NHL Draft, going in the second round (44th overall) following an impressive season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Jarry led the Western Hockey League (WHL) in goals-against average (1.61) and save percentage (.936) while finishing with an 18-7 record and posting six shutouts in 27 games.
Pouliot, 19, was drafted by the Penguins in the first round (8th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He was a key player for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in their postseason championship run, leading all defenseman with 20 points (4G-16A) over 21 playoff games. He averaged better than a point per game during the regular season with 45 points (9G-36A) in 44 contests.
Maatta, 18, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, led all London Knights defensemen in goals (8), assists (30) and points (38) during the ’12-13 regular season. The Finnish product helped the Knights win the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) postseason title and earn a berth into the Memorial Cup tournament, where he posted two assists in five games.
Harrington, 20, was chosen by the Penguins in the second round (54th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound stay-at-home blueliner served as London’s team captain in ‘12-13, posting a plus-21 rating in 50 regular-season games. Harrington made his professional debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during the 2013 AHL playoffs, scoring a goal on his first professional shot in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Syracuse.
Dumoulin, 21, played in his first season with WBS in 2012-13, tallying 24 points (6G-18A) in 73 regular-season games. Originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round (51st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Dumoulin’s 18 assists led all Penguins’ defensemen. His eight points (2G-6A) led all WBS blueliners during the team’s postseason run to the Eastern Conference finals.
Sundqvist, the Penguins 2012 third-round draft pick (81st overall), was the leading scorer for Skelleftea’s junior team in the Swedish League during the regular-season, collecting 26 points (13G-13A) in 26 games. He also saw 14 games of regular-season action – scoring one goal – for Skelleftea’s top-division team that won the Swedish Elite League title.
Ruopp, who was acquired by the Penguins in 2012 via the trade of Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix, is known for his physical play. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ruopp, who was selected by the Coyotes in the third round (84th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, racked up 16 points (1G-15A) and 132 penalty minutes in 2012-13 with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Guentzel starred in his first season with the Sioux City Muskateers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in ’12-13. He was USHL Rookie of the Year, earned a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team and was a USHL Second-Team All-Star after totaling 73 points (29G-44A) over 60 games. Guentzel will be attending Team USA’s junior evaluation camp in August in hopes of making the 2014 U.S. World Junior Championship squad.
The group of rookies and prospects will be in Pittsburgh taking part in on-ice practice and scrimmage sessions, undergoing medical and fitness testing and attending meetings and seminars.
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