Penguins Report: 2013 Development Camp (Day 1)
- Player status updates
- Player quotes
- PensTV interviews
- Team A Practice Photos - Jarry, Maatta, Kuhnhackl
- Team B Practice Photos - Pouliot, Harrington, Uher
- Fitness Testing Photos
- Welcome, Campers
PLAYER STATUS UPDATES
Penguins assistant to the GM Tom Fitzgerald, who worksprimarily with the prospects, provided updates about a few players…
F ANTON ZLOBIN, 2012 sixth-round draft pick, is in Pittsburgh for development camp but will not be skating after undergoing shoulder surgery that happened when he joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after finishing his season with Val d’Or of the QMJHL. Fitzgerald said Zlobin is looking at an October or November time frame for his return, maybe earlier.
F JOSH ARCHIBALD, 2011 sixth-round draft pick, is entering his junior season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. And since he is likely to be one of their captains this upcoming season, he stayed back on campus because ofthe leadership role he will be filling with the team coming up.
“He would have come to the camp; asked if it was possible for him not to just because of the leadership role that he is moving into with his school and being around the incoming freshmen,” Fitzgerald explained. “And being in a leadership role I felt was more important for him and his careerbecause he's in tremendous shape. He comes in, he can skate. I just thoughtthat was a big step for him and for him to ask is very mature for him.”
D ALEX VELISCHEK, 2009 fifth-round pick, is not present at development camp. He joined Wheeling of the ECHL earlier this year after finishing his senior season at Providence College, and Fitzgerald said that right now, the plan is for Velischek to return to the Nailers on a minor-league contract.
THEY SAID IT...
TEAM B PRACTICE PHOTOS - POULIOT, HARRINGTON, UHER
Don't let the name fool you, Jimmy. Team B is B-Team in name only. If one of the groups gets to be A, it stands to reason the other has to be a B. See?
- #2 D Reid McNeill
- #4 D Dane Birks
- #5 D Philip Samuelsson
- #8 D Scott Harrington
- #12 RW Matia Marcantuoni
- #16 RW Grant Opperman
- #17 RW Tyler Barnes
- #18 C Blaine Byron
- #19 C Jean-Sebastien Dea
- #20 D Derrick Pouliot
- #25 RW Adam Payerl
- #26 LW Domink Uher
- #30 G Matt Murray
- #31 LW Matt Lane
- #33 D Clark Seymour
- #35 G Sean Maguire
- #37 C Teddy Blueger
- #38 RW Carter Rowney
Noted hair enthusiast and elite defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot takes the ice.
Can anyone Photoshop a sweet guitar into the hands of 2013 draftee Blaine Byron? One should.
They told me Scott Harrington played last year in London. Pip pip, cheerio, Scott! .... Oh London, Ontario?
Adorable Dominic Uher tweet: Back in pittsburgh happy to see all my friends and excited for the camp :)
Forwards Grant Opperman (16) and Jean-Sebastien Dea (19) gather for a puck that was devastatingly cropped.
Much love to Sean Maguire and his refreshingly minimalistic goalie mask. Gorgeous.
Defensive prospect and noted Italian namesake Nick D'Agostino went to Cornell. We just write corny jokes.
That's right, pal. You have to clean up all those pucks by yourself, with the glove on. See you tomorrow!
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Bill Guerin does his best "not impressed" face. 8 out of 10, Billy.
-- Michelle Crechiolo (photos) and James Santelli (captions)
TEAM A PRACTICE PHOTOS - JARRY, MAATTA, KUHNHACKL
At 2:08 p.m., right winger Tom Kuhnhackl became the first prospect on the ice, both kicking off the practices for Development Camp and perpetuating the cliché of the prompt and efficient German. Way to not let a sterotype die, Tom.
Skaters for Team A:
- #1 G Eric Hartzell
- #3 D Ryan Segalla
- #6 D Nick D'Agostino
- #7 D Alex Boak
- #9 C Jake Guentzel
- #10 D Olli Maatta
- #11 C Jayson Megna
- #14 RW Tom Kuhnhackl
- #15 RW Bryan Rust
- #22 D Brian Dumoulin
- #23 LW Scott Wilson
- #24 RW Garnet Hathaway
- #28 RW Richard Nejezchleb
- #29 G Tristan Jarry
- #32 C Oskar Sundqvist
- #34 D Harrison Ruopp
- #37 C Troy Josephs
- #39 LW A.J. White
Defensive prospect Olli Maatta goes down the tunnel, completes the "artsy shot" portion of hockey photo bingo.
All right boys, here's the drill.
Top 2013 draft pick Tristan Jarry stares down a goaltender's mortal enemy: vulcanized rubber.
Ah yes, the all-important "Lean Wit It" drill of Development Camp. Flawless execution.
18-year-old prospect Olli Maatta skates with 42-year-old prospect Bill Guerin (late bloomer).
Development Camp with Coach Guerin is always smiles times!
Center Troy Josephs and goaltender Tristan Jarry arrive from the 2013 NHL Draft.
Defensemen Brian Dumoulin (left) and Olli Maata (right) spot a snake on the ice (not pictured).
Soon those empty seats will be filled with thousands of cheering fans. Poetic, isn't it?
Wingers Scott Wilson (left) and Garnet Hathaway (right) "get their skate on." High-level analysis here.
Center Oskar Sundqvist rolls through the neutral zone.
Don't leave the puck behind, Troy! You need that!
Defensive pairing Dumoulin and Maatta get denied by Jarry.
Oh Brian, it's okay. There's a lot of camp to go.
Smile, you're on PensTV! Well, your backs are.
A teammate freaks out when he realizes sticks are made from trees, and Jake Guentzel? Jake just smiles.
You didn't know you needed a close-up of Tristan Jarry's mask in your life. But you did. We all did.
-- Michelle Crechiolo (photos) and James Santelli (captions)
FITNESS TESTING PHOTOS
First order of business for the Penguins prospects is the fitness testing round. All that NHL strength isn't built in a day, you see.
The buff Penguins logo looks on as defenseman Olli Maatta shows off his Nordic strength.
Take a breather, Olli. It's a long week.
Let's go, Olli. Finnish the job.
Hello, fellow hockey players. Would you care for a Royal Crown Cola?
Hey, Nick D'Agostino, I'm filling out this Mad Lib. Give me an adverb.
Whatcha doin'? I don't know. Push-ups, I guess.
Push through the pain, Dominik Uher! Achieve your dreams!
Break out the mats for defensemen Philip Samuelsson (foreground) and Olli Maatta (background).
Intrepid photographer Sam Kasan (left) captures Scott Harrington's pythons. Careful, Sam!
That dude in the glass is doing as many reps as I am. What gives?
Harrington gives Bill Guerin the "you got it, dude" thumbs up.
I'm not even going to pretend to know the workout he is doing.
Yeah, you guys drink your water. I will just be over here plugging away.
Goaltender Matt Murray entranced by a measuring stick.
Whoa, sneakerhead Reid McNeill, where can I get a pair of those Nikes?
Development coach Bill Guerin lays down the law.
More impressive: Derrick Pouliot's pull-up or that sweet head of hair?
-- Sam Kasan (photos) and James Santelli (captions)
Good morning from CONSOL Energy Center! We are here for Day 1 of the Penguins' 2013 Development Camp. The arena becomes home this week to 37 young players, from top prospects who are returning for another camp to new draft picks and young men coming in on a tryout contract.
If there's anything we love more than great sports montages, it is the smooth sounds of Neil Diamond. As all these prospects arrive in Pittsburgh from across the United States, Canada and Europe, let's pull in a little "America" from the intro to the 1996 Olympic Games.
That's the stuff.
From defensive prospects Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot to top draft pick Tristan Jarry, the future impact players in the Penguins organization are all here. On the CONSOL Energy Center ice, they will practice, drill and scrimmage. Off the ice, they will be tested on their speed, strength and agility. Outside the arena, they will learn nutrition, play paintball, bond and maybe even find the Lost City of Gold.
Hey, Development Camp is a week for big dreams.
Here on Day 1, the focus will be the morning fitness tests. If you enjoy seeing pictures of hockey players running and lifting weights, you will be in for a real treat. Then in the afternoon it's time to skate. 2013 draft picks Jarry, Jake Guentzel, Ryan Segalla, Dane Birks, Blaine Byron and Troy Josephs will take the ice wearing that beautiful Penguins logo for the first time.
So stick around here on PittsburghPenguins.com, or keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook and PensTV for updates from camp. And feel free to crank up ol' Neil Diamond again.
Far, we've been traveling far without a home but not without a star...
-- James Santelli