Thursday, September 11, 2008

Prospects Camp

Yesterday, 24 players reported to the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects camp; the 24 are made up of 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and 3 goaltenders.

This camp allows the Penguins organization to get a good look at what they have and a chance for the players to show off what they have. But as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, only a select few have what it takes to make it beyond this point to compete for a place on the Penguins roster or at least an invitation to the regular training camp scheduled for next week.

"It's a good gauge to see them against their age group," Shero said. "Not all these players will be coming to our main camp, so this is a good starting point for us."
Alex Goligoski is a name that we continually hear, more so especially these past couple of weeks. I always thought that there were no guarantees; however, PPG says that there's nothing in the way of Goligoski competing for a spot on the NHL roster no matter how he performs this week (that sounds like a guarantee to me). I have also read, though, that Goligoski is a favorite of the Penguins' assistant GM, Chuck Fletcher. However, the paper also points out that the majority of players will return to their junior team after this week and that Goligoski is a rare exception to this rule. Dustin Jeffrey was the only player who attended last year's prospects camp that received an invitation to the Penguins training camp, but where is he now? Currently, he is among the 24 players at the prospects camp and, to be fair, the Penguins have more than enough talented Centers on the team (some of which don't even get to play center as in the case Jordan Staal).

Players will participate in practice that will be conducted by Dan Blysma and Todd Reirdon, head and assistant coaches of Penguins AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Baby Pens, today, and Friday. The players will then take part in a prospects tournament held in Kitchener, Ontario against other prospects from Toronto, Ottawa, and Florida. The Penguins won the tournament last year.

For the entire Prospects Camp schedule, look back at Tuesday's post.

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