The rooks and prospects will take part in a series of on-ice practice and scrimmage sessions at Southpointe, medical and fitness testing at the UPMC Sports Medicine Complex on the South Side and workouts, meetings and seminars at Mellon Arena.
The good news for many of you is that the on-ice sessions at Southpointe will be open to the public.
The sessions will be instructed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirdon, his assistant coach John Hynes, Penguins assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald, Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche and Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.
The roster for the event shakes out as such:
Forwards Kenneth Agostino, Andy Bathgate, Beau Bennett, Brian Gibbons, Joey Haddad, Ben Hankowski, Dustin Jeffrey, Tom Kuehnhacki, Nick Peterson, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Zack Sill, Alex Smigelski, Eric Tangradi, Paul Thompson and Kevin Veilleux.
Defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Nicholas D’Agostino, Simon Despres, Viktor Ekbom, Alex Grant, Reid McNeill, Brady Lamb, Joe Rogalski, Carl Sneep, Brian Strait, and Alex Velischek.
Goaltenders Patrick Killeen, Mattias Modig, and Brad Thiessen.
This will be a great opportunity to see some of the Penguins top prospects in action before they actually get a chance to compete for NHL roster spots in the team’s full training camp in September.
I will be taking in much of the action on and off of the ice and will keep you posted on any developments.