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Rookie Camp Observations

Postby WWGRD on Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:58 pm

You should read JB's blog, he has great updates from rookie camp daily

http://emedia.citizensvoice.com/Penguin ... fault.aspx

He thought Caputi, Jeffrey, and Johnson were in NHL shape

and Veilleux, Daoust, and Letestu were improving

Tommy Goebel stood out
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Pitts on Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:51 am

It would be really sweet if Caputi manages to steal that #1 left-wing spot.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Why So Serious? on Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:59 am

Pitts wrote:It would be really sweet if Caputi manages to steal that #1 left-wing spot.


That would be frickin awesome. I'm gonna get his jersey as soon as he makes the team either this year or next.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby opie22002 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:52 am

Where is JB's blog?
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby The Snapshot on Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:57 am

pens20 wrote:Could you post some (or all if it's not that much) of his article? I'm at work and his site is blocked for some reason. Thanks.


From the last few days of the Blog - some excerpts:

On Veilleux:

I'm starting to come around a bit on Keven Veilleux. First off, he looked dynamite around the net in drills today. Quick hands. Second, he worked hard to improve his English over the summer. That doesn't sound like much -- after all, you don't need to know English to speak hockey -- but it shows that he's serious about making the most he can out of this training camp. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he doesn't go back to juniors at the end of camp, but I think more highly of his prospect status now than I did at the end of last season.

On CPZ:

I also asked Fletcher about Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who because he turns 20 in November, could turn pro or go back to juniors at the end of camp. Fletcher said that in order for Pierro-Zabotel to turn pro, he has to prove he could be a regular in WBS this season. A contributor, not a fifth-liner. Pierro-Zabotel has only played one season in major junior, so an extra season in Vancouver wouldn't be spinning his wheels. It might be beneficial, especially because Fletcher thinks highly of Don Hay, his junior coach in Vancouver.

On Goligoski:

As far as hockey goes today, the most accomplished player at this rookie camp is obviously Alex Goligoski. I talked to Goligoski after practice today about something we didn't really get into in any detail last year at this time. He had shoulder surgery right after his junior season at Minnesota ended and his rehab was supposed to take six to eight months. He hit the six-month mark during NHL camp last season and wasn't cleared for contact until exhibition games had started. The upper body work he could do in the weight room last summer was severely limited, and on top of that, he was worried about how his shoulder would hold up at a time when he didn't need another thing to worry about -- while he was taking part in his first NHL training camp.

My point in that whole rambling paragraph is this: Goligoski wasn't bad out of the gate last season, but he should be even better this year. He's eighth on the defense depth chart at this point, but if he has a big-time camp, it wouldn't shock me if one of the top seven got moved to make room for him.

On Caputi:

Luca Caputi is the most intriguing because his ceiling is really high. Say Caputi comes in and has a Jordan Staal 2006 camp (i.e. awesome every time he steps on the ice). Tell me Pens brass wouldn't be doing backflips about the idea of a homegrown power forward claiming a spot on Sidney Crosby's wing. They'd love nothing more than that.

I'm not predicting Caputi's going to start the season in the NHL or anything. I'm just saying his upside is very interesting.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby WWGRD on Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:58 am

opie22002 wrote:Where is JB's blog?


Check the first post, it's linked
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby purelebo84 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:04 pm

I would absolutely love to see Jeffrey center the 4th line some time this year.

It's becoming clear that he'll be an NHL player soon, and he seems to be developing quite well. I know he might not be ready by puck drop opening day, but I figure he is, or will soon be, better than Taffe--- and Tyler Murovich, a buddy of mine who played against him in the OHL last year, says he was the best faceoff man in the league.

If he keeps progressing at the rate he has, and at some point gets called up or makes the team, this would look great:

Pesonen-Crosby-Satan
Staal-Malkin-Sykora
Fedotenko-Talbot-Dupuis
Kennedy-Jeffrey-Cooke

Not bad.

And if not, that's fine too.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Va Beach Pens Fan on Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:57 pm

By the way fellas, Pens prospects beat Toronto tonight, 5-2....

http://www.wbspenguins.com/news/Release ... 8_Camp.asp
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Senka on Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:58 pm

purelebo84 wrote:I would absolutely love to see Jeffrey center the 4th line some time this year.

It's becoming clear that he'll be an NHL player soon, and he seems to be developing quite well. I know he might not be ready by puck drop opening day, but I figure he is, or will soon be, better than Taffe--- and Tyler Murovich, a buddy of mine who played against him in the OHL last year, says he was the best faceoff man in the league.

If he keeps progressing at the rate he has, and at some point gets called up or makes the team, this would look great:

Pesonen-Crosby-Satan
Staal-Malkin-Sykora
Fedotenko-Talbot-Dupuis
Kennedy-Jeffrey-Cooke

Not bad.

And if not, that's fine too.


as much as i like the idea of pesonen... i dont see him up top.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby WWGRD on Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:27 pm

Va Beach Pens Fan wrote:By the way fellas, Pens prospects beat Toronto tonight, 5-2....

http://www.wbspenguins.com/news/Release ... 8_Camp.asp


Letestu dominated with 4 points

Boogaard showing improvement, 1 fight and 1 assist

Joey Haddad, Lovejoy, D'Aversa, Daoust also score

Goligoski had 2 assists

Alex Grant had 1 assist and 1 fight

Curry saved 20 shots to get the win
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Mikeys66ers on Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:14 am

Wellwood for the leafs scored a nice goal but has ruined his future by angering me and the hockey gods with the number he is wearing - 66 - thats a no-no if you ask me.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby DelPen on Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:10 am

So Caputi likes talking to the media? Maybe like Malone did? The Pens will need a guy now and in the future to take the lead on being a class-clown that speaks english (sorry Max) in the mold of Stevens and Malone. Caputi could be that guy.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Va Beach Pens Fan on Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:04 am

Here's the highlights, as well as visual proof of Wellwood's "66" jersey....

http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/clip92434#clip92434
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby mjg on Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:26 am

Mikeys66ers wrote:Wellwood for the leafs scored a nice goal but has ruined his future by angering me and the hockey gods with the number he is wearing - 66 - thats a no-no if you ask me.


That's a bold move. There are less than 100 numbers you can choose from, so at some point some great players will see their numbers worn by other players. Scuderi wears number 4.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Va Beach Pens Fan on Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:50 am

Yeah, in addition to Orr, three other players have had their own #4 retired by other teams (Jean Beliveau, Scott Stevens, Barry Ashbee) as well as "honored" (Hap Day, Leafs)...

And while Gretzky's 99 is the only one retired by the entire NHL, I would think it's accepted that no one should use 66 again either...
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby K2 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:10 pm

Mikeys66ers wrote:Wellwood for the leafs scored a nice goal but has ruined his future by angering me and the hockey gods with the number he is wearing - 66 - thats a no-no if you ask me.


Hopefully it's just a preseason/emergency callup number like Gogo's 67, but wearing the 66 is a bit taboo.

I'd say there's a chance he'll never sniff the NHL, but with the skeleton crew the Leafs will roll out this year, he just may
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby bhaw on Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:32 pm

Va Beach Pens Fan wrote:By the way fellas, Pens prospects beat Toronto tonight, 5-2....

http://www.wbspenguins.com/news/Release ... 8_Camp.asp


Wait, did the Pens prospects beat the real Leafs team? :lol:
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Mongoose87 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:26 pm

bhaw wrote:
Va Beach Pens Fan wrote:By the way fellas, Pens prospects beat Toronto tonight, 5-2....

http://www.wbspenguins.com/news/Release ... 8_Camp.asp


Wait, did the Pens prospects beat the real Leafs team? :lol:


I wouldn't be shocked to hear it.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby WWGRD on Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:21 pm

Pens won their final game of the rookie tournament today, 3-1

Final record of 2-1-0

http://www.faceoff-factor.com/wbs-pengu ... nators-3-1
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby meecrofilm on Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:43 pm

I guess Caputi is just playing it safe with that injury and wants to be in the best possible condition for the Pens' camp.
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Re: Rookie Camp Observations

Postby Jesse on Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:12 pm

CPZ netting two before returning to Vancouver is a very good sign.
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