As you all know, I occasionally get together with different members of the Penguins organization for a quick one-on-one that I like to call “Two-Minutes With… ” and events like the Penguins Developmental Camp really provide a great opportunity to chat with some up and comers who may someday skate for the parent squad!
Another good thing about the developmental camp is that it gives me an opportunity to chat with a player at different times during his development and his progression towards being a pro. The fact that the event happens on a yearly basis allows me to follow-up with guys and watch them grow from wide-eyed kids into the professional hockey players that they are.
This year I was able to catch up with Patrick Killeen, who spent last season splitting time between the Wheeling Nailers and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Though he wasn’t nervous when we chatted last, he still had that wide-eyed sense about him. In catching up with him this year I saw a guy who is clearly comfortable with his surroundings and where he is in his development.
Killeen talked about being one of the “veterans” of the group during the camp and how he looks forward to all of the seminars, coaching sessions, and presentations by sports psychologists etc. He was particularly fired up about the chance to take a cooking class and to participate in the “Laugh Olympics,” which are just a few of the leisure time activities that the team has lined up for the boys to take part in.
Though he is probably four back on the Penguins depth chart at this point, I think that the future is definitely bright for Killeen. He could be getting regular duty as the number 2 in Wilkes Barre-Scranton behind Brad Thiessen as soon as this year. Personally I look forward to interviewing him for years to come… I hope that you guys enjoy our chat as much as I did…
Enjoy Two-Minutes (okay, 4:38) with Patrick Killeen…
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