The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 37 players to the team’s annual prospect development camp that will be held July 15-19, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The prospects will be on the ice for their first practice on Tuesday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. Camp will conclude on Saturday, July 19 with a scrimmage that is free and open to the public beginning at 3 p.m.
Doors will open for the open scrimmage 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.
Pittsburgh’s development camp roster includes 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders, and it features two players who saw time at the NHL level in 2013-14 – defenseman Brian Dumoulin and forward Adam Payerl.
Dumoulin and Payerl join previously announced prospects Kasperi Kapanen, Tristan Jarry and Derrick Pouliot, although Pouliot will not participate in any on-ice portions of camp as he continues his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
Dumoulin played in six NHL games with the Penguins, tallying one assist while averaging just over 19 minutes per game. He was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second-leading scorer in the AHL playoffs with 12 points (3G-9A) in 17 games.
Payerl made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh on April 6 at Colorado and played in two regular-season games. He established career highs with five goals and 11 points in 43 AHL regular-season games with WBS.
Kapanen, 17, was selected by the Penguins with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has played in the top Finnish league the last two years, scoring 14 points (7G-7A) in 2013-14.
Jarry, 19, led the Edmonton Oil Kings to the Western Hockey League (WHL) championship and to a Memorial Cup championship this past season. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (44th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Pouliot was named the Canadian Hockey League’s ‘Defenseman of the Year’ in ’13-14. He was also named the top D-man in the WHL and was a First-Team WHL All-Star.
Other notable prospects attending camp are:
This year’s camp will have a local flair as two players – 2014 fourth-round (113th overall) draft pick forward Sam Lafferty, and goaltender Jake Hildebrand, a camp invitee attending on a tryout contract – both played youth hockey in the region.
Lafferty is a Hollidaysburg, Pa. native who played for the Altoona Trackers of the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL), and Hildebrand, a netminder at Michigan State, is from Butler, Pa. and played for the Pittsburgh Hornets midget travel program.
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.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and his assistant coach, Alain Nasreddine, will run the on-ice portion of camp alongside Penguins goaltender development coach Mike Buckley.
Penguins assistant general managers Tom Fitzgerald and Bill Guerin will coordinate the off-ice portion of camp, with Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar and WBS strength and conditioning coach Joe Lorincz also serving as instructors.
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