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Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington and Simon Despres Among 34 Players Invited to Penguins 2012 Prospect Development Camp

July 14th scrimmage at CONSOL Energy Center will be open to the public

Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 3:00 PM / News
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Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington and Simon Despres Among 34 Players Invited to Penguins 2012 Prospect Development Camp

The Pittsburgh Penguins released a roster of prospects who will be attending the team’s annual prospect development camp July 10-14 at CONSOL Energy Center.

Recent top draft picks Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington and Simon Despres highlight the list of invitees. The roster features 22 players drafted by Pittsburgh – including all nine players selected at the 2012 NHL Draft – as well as recent acquisitions Brian Dumoulin and Harrison Ruopp.

Fans are invited to attend the camp-concluding scrimmage – which is free and open to the public – on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. Last year, roughly 5,000 fans attended the scrimmage.

Free parking will be available in all CONSOL Energy Center lots. Several concession stands, as well as PensGear – the Penguins’ official team store – will be open.

Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta

Pouliot, 18, was drafted by the Penguins in the first round (8th overall) two weeks ago following a successful season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he tied for the postseason lead among all WHL blueliners with 17 points (3G-14A) in 22 games. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Pouliot ranked second among Portland defensemen behind Pittsburgh’s 2011 first-round pick Joe Morrow with 59 regular-season points (11G-48A).

Maatta, 17, was Pittsburgh’s other first-round pick this year (22nd overall). The Finnish product starred for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the postseason, leading the team and ranking sixth in the OHL with 23 points (6G-17A) in 19 games. During the regular season, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Maatta earned a spot on the OHL First-Team All-Rookie squad.

Morrow, 19, was drafted 23rd overall by the Penguins in 2011. The 6-foot, 197-pound blueliner ranked second among all WHL blueliners with 64 points (17G-47A) during the regular season. A WHL First-Team All-Star selection in ’11-12, Morrow ranked second on Pittsburgh with four points (1G-3A) in four games during the ’11 preseason.

Harrington, 19, was chosen by the Penguins in the second round (54th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound stay-at-home blueliner helped the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) win their playoff championship and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup in ’11-12. An OHL First-Team All-Star, Harrington helped Team Canada win a bronze medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

Despres, 20, split his first professional season between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut on Dec. 1 at Washington and went on to appear in 18 regular-season games for Pittsburgh, totaling four points (1G-3A) and a plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Despres also played in three games for the Penguins during the 2012 playoffs. Despres was voted a starter for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, although he had to miss the game due to injury.

Below is a complete prospect development camp roster (or click here to download)

Player # Pos. Shoots HT WT DOB (Age) 2011-12 Club Status How Acquired
DEFENSEMEN  (13)
D'Agostino, Nick 6 D L 6-2 181 06/24/1990 (22) Cornell (ECAC) UDC Round 7 (210th overall) 2008 Draft
Despres, Simon 4 D L 6-3 218 07/27/1991 (20) Pittsburgh (NHL) NHL Round 1 (30th overall) 2009 Draft
              W-B/Scranton (AHL)    
Dumoulin, Brian 22 D L 6-4 210 09/06/1991 (20) Boston College (HE) NHL Trade with CAR 06/22/12
Harrington, Scott 8 D L 6-0 200 03/10/1993 (19) London (OHL) NHL Round 2 (54th overall) 2011 Draft
Maatta, Olli 10 D L 6-2 202 08/22/1994 (17) London (OHL) UDC Round 1 (22nd overall) 2012 Draft
McNeill, Reid 2 D L 6-3 202 04/29/1992 (20) Barrie (OHL) NHL Round 6 (170th overall) 2010 Draft
Morrow, Joe 7 D L 6-0 197 12/09/1992 (19) Portland (WHL) NHL Round 1 (23rd overall) 2011 Draft
Pouliot, Derrick 20 D L 5-11 186 01/16/1994 (18) Portland (WHL) UDC Round 1 (8th overall) 2012 Draft
Ruopp, Harrison 34 D R 6-2 198 03/17/1993 (19) Prince Albert (WHL) UDC Trade with PHX 6/22/12
Samuelsson, Philip 5 D L 6-2 198 07/26/1991 (20) W-B/Scranton (AHL) NHL Round 2 (61st overall) 2009 Draft
              Wheeling (ECHL)    
Seymour, Clark 33 D R 6-4 205 05/18/1993 (19) Peterborough (OHL) UDC Round 5 (143rd overall) 2012 Draft
Sustr, Andrej 3 D R 6-8 200 11/29/1990 (21) Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA) UFA  
Velischek, Alex 27 D L 6-0 200 12/17/1990 (21) Providence (HE) UDC Round 5 (123rd overall) 2009 Draft
                   
FORWARDS (18)
Agostino, Kenny 18 LW L 5-11 195 04/30/1992 (20) Yale (ECAC) UDC Round 5 (140th overall) 2010 Draft
Archibald, Josh 15 C R 5-9 161 10/06/1992 (19) Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA) UDC Round 6 (174th overall) 2011 Draft
Bennett, Beau 19 RW R 6-1 180 11/27/1991 (20) Denver (WCHA) NHL Round 1 (20th overall) 2010 Draft
Blueger, Teddy 37 C L 6-0 171 08/15/1994 (17) Shattuck St. Mary's (HIGH-MN) UDC Round 2 (52nd overall) 2012 Draft
Gibbons, Brian 9 C L 5-8 165 02/26/1988 (24) W-B/Scranton (AHL) NHL Signed as free agent 04/04/11
Kuhnhackl, Tom 14 LW L 6-2 179 01/21/1992 (20) Windsor (OHL) NHL Round 4 (110th overall) 2010 Draft
              Niagara (OHL)    
Laganiere, Antoine 28 C L 6-4 190 07/05/1990 (22) Yale (ECAC) UFA  
Marcantuoni, Matia 12 RW R 6-0 194 02/22/1994 (18) Kitchener (OHL) UDC Round 4 (92nd overall) 2012 Draft
Megna, Jayson 11 C R 6-0 193 02/01/1990 (22) Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA) UFA  
O'Brien, Liam 31 C C 6-1 191 07/29/1994 (17) Rimouski (QMJHL) UFA  
              Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)    
Opperman, Grant 16 RW R 6-0 185 11/15/1993 (18) Breck (MN-HS) UFA  
              Tri-City (USHL) UFA  
Payerl, Adam 25 C R 6-3 216 03/04/1991 (21) W-B/Scranton (AHL) NHL Signed as free agent 03/01/12
              Belleville (OHL)    
Sill, Zach 24 C L 6-0 200 04/05/1988 (24) W-B/Scranton (AHL) NHL Signed as free agent 05/16/11
Sundqvist, Oskar 32 C R 6-3 172 03/23/1994 (18) Skelleftea Jr. (SWE-Jr.) UDC Round 3 (81st overall) 2012 Draft
Thompson, Paul 17 RW R 6-1 205 11/30/1988 (23) W-B/Scranton (AHL) NHL Signed as free agent 03/28/11
              Wheeling (ECHL)    
Uher, Dominik 26 C L 5-11 195 12/31/1992 (19) Spokane (WHL) NHL Round 5 (144th overall) 2011 Draft
Wilson, Scott 23 C L 5-10 166 04/24/1992 (20) Umass-Lowell (HE) UDC Round 7 (209th overall) 2011 Draft
Zlobin, Anton 13 RW R 5-11 195 02/22/1993 (19) Shawinigan (QMJHL) UDC Round 6 (173rd overall) 2012 Draft
                   
GOALTENDERS (3) Catches
Faragher, Ryan 29 G   6-2 205 07/03/1990 (22) St. Cloud State (WCHA) UFA  
Maguire, Sean 35 G L 6-1 203 02/02/1993 (19) Powell River (BCHL) UDC Round 4 (113th overall) 2012 Draft
Murray, Matt 30 G L 6-4 162 05/25/1994 (18) Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) UDC Round 3 (83rd overall) 2012 Draft
             
Key            
UDC Unsigned draft choice      
UFA Unrestricted free agent
NHL NHL contract
AHL AHL contract
PTO Professional Tryout
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