Today was the first day of training camp at the Consol Energy Center for your Pittsburgh Penguins.
First things, first:
The Pittsburgh Penguins 2010-2011 Training Camp Roster:
The attendees were divided into three groups A,B, and C, with A taking the ice first, then scrimmaging B, followed by drills with groups B, then C.
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Godard-Chris Conner-Joe Vitale
Nick Petersen-Casey Pierro-Zabotel-Joey Haddad
Brooks Orpik-Zbynek Michalek
Robert Bortuzzo-Simon Despres
Brian Strait-Jason DeSantis
Arron Asham-Craig Adams-Matt Cooke
Mike Rupp-Mark Letestu-Maxime Talbot
Zach Sill-Alex Smigelski-Jesse Boulerice
Chris Colins-Tyler Brown
Deryk Engelland-Derek Peltier
Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Ryan Craig - Dustin Jeffrey
Nick Johnson - Kevin Veilleux - Brett Sterling
Tim Wallace -
Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Steve Wagner - Carl Sneep
Corey Potter - Ryan Schnell
Although its only the first day of training camp on the ice for the team, the general shape of this team is taking form.
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
OPEN - Comrie - Malkin
Asham - OPEN - Cooke
Rupp - OPEN - OPEN
The 2nd line winger position can be filled either through prospects such as Tangradi, who spent the day on the line. Other players who look like they will have a chance at this position are Kennedy, Cooke, Talbot, and Jeffrey.
The 3rd line center position is a pretty similar situation, where one of Adams, Talbot, or Letestu, will fill the spot.
The leftovers will make up the 4th line with Rupp.
And now for something completely different...
- Zach Sill: The kid impressed me at the Development camp and continues to impress. He hustles to the puck, has a great shot, and it seems like he has a great hockey sense.
- Eric Tangradi: In my opinion, he's ready. He looks huge compared to last year and looks like most of it is muscle. It looks like he'll be given a serious look on the second line with Comrie and Malkin until Staal returns. He's also not afraid to take out a Stanley Cup winning goaltender who is also his teammate during training camp...
- Mark Letestu: Another strong showing from this young man. He just keeps working hard, getting to the puck, fighting on the boards and making smart plays.
- Matt Cooke and Arron Asham: Is it too early to start calling these guys the Bash Brothers yet? They both looked ready for a new season and also looked like they've been friends forever. They seemed to find each other a lot and chemistry already seems to be developing. This could be the secret ingredient to a completely dominant third line this year.
- Kris Letang: He was flying out there today. He was also over the ice today and made some great defensive plays during the 1-on-1 drills. He still can't hit the net to save his life.
They've Seen Better Days:
- Zybnek Michalek: My personal favorite of the free agent signings did not have a great first day with the team. He didn't do terrible by any means, but he wasn't making good passes, he had trouble clearing the zone, and got rocked into the boards on consecutive plays.
- Tyler Kennedy: I didn't see anything from him that made me feel that he deserved to be on the NHL roster come October 7th. He always hustles, but he just bumbled the puck a lot today and missed the net, a lot.
- Mike Comrie: It wasn't a miserable day for him, but it wasn't a great one either. He seemed like he had quite a bit of rust and had a little trouble shaking it.
- Paul Martin: Looked like he was pretty winded out there and took quite a few drills off. I figure that it will take him a few weeks to get into the groove after missing most of last season.
- Matias Modig: Extremely disappointed in his effort today. It seemed like he wanted to be anywhere else in the world right now, which is surprising, considering he left the Swedish Elite League to play in the AHL or even the ECHL.
The Scrimmage (A vs. B)
Nothing too exciting to report from this scrimmage. The Crosby-Kunitz-Dupuis line controlled the puck everytime they were out on the ice, but the rest of A wasn't so fortunate. They were generally sloppy and had a lot of trouble getting the puck out of the zone, including Michalek and Orpik. Letestu buried the only goal, but Sid was given a penalty (shot):
That's pretty much it for the scrimmage, it was a pretty sloppy, but defensive game.
Other Noteworthy Items from the day:
- Comrie will wear #19
- Comrie, Asham, Michalek, and Martin jersey t-shirts are available in the team store.
- Paul Martin and Dan Bylsma are brothers from another mother.
- 4 days till the first official puck-drop in the CEC.
- Enjoy some pictures from the first day of training camp: