I checked out training camp today, also.
It was so exciing to see Satan and Fedotenko. Almost a buzzkill when Fedotenko got hit by a shot on his foot a minute into practice, but luckily he only needed another minute to shake it off.
Also loved seeing the times when Malkin's line would be matched up against Crosby's in the scrimmage. Goals aside, I think Crosby's had the better first period, Malkin's had the second, and I guess Crosby's had the third.
The first great Crosby moment was in practice when he raced by Sydor and roofed a backhand behind Curry on a drill. I loved the pass for one of Statn's goals in the scrimmage, also, a play made from one knee.
I thought there was a surprising amount of hitting. At least 8 solid hits I counted.
Kemp and D'Aversa were not in the scrimmage but participated in both practices. Therrien got on D'Aversa about something with the one of the first drills of the day. I wonder why D'Aversa wasn't part of the prospect camp.
Saw a mom with a Pens tattoo on the back of her neck. I have thought about getting one, but on the back of the neck, that's hardcore.
I am still surprised by how well Bissonette skates for how big he is.
Engelland gave everyone a little laugh when reaching...reaching...reaching for a puck going by him, and then falling.
Sydor still got the knack of getting nearly all of his shots on net.
This was not the day Filewich needed to have. Maybe he is just gripping his stick too tight. Tons of missed chances around the net, a bad breakout or a few, and caused an unnecessary offsides. At least it is easy to tell he got wheels.
A little funny moment happened with Sykora. He got totally surprised by a cross ice pass by Malkin during practice when it hit the borads between his legs with a boom. Of course, Sykora's shooting looked great all day. Judging from some playing-around half-ice shots, Therrien needs to get him on the ice when other teams pull their goalie.
I thought Pesonen rocked it. He had some terrific passes, at least one to Kennedy and he found some late-coming defensemen on others. His breakaway chance may not have been one without his great speed. During 1-on-1 drills, he had a great battle with D'Aversa from which he scored a wraparound goal and smoked a backwards skating Letang on another. He already has two great veteran traits: accepts passes beautifully and his shots generally hit the net, even when just fooling around. The guy is about Kennedy's size so he is not a dwarf. He had three tiny, baby hits during the scrimmage so he is at least initiating contact. I think he would have looked better on a different line since Kennedy and Taffe seemed to look for each other a good bit when pucks could have been going Pesonen's way. I think the team needs to keep him as (Satan and Sykora) injury insurance, and I hope he is willing take that role.
Malkin, Staal, Taffe, and Henrich got some faceoff practice towards the end, along with Letang doing some individual shooting drills.
Sabourin gave his stick to a girl over the glass, and Fleury went the extra mile (nearly diving into the bench) to get a puck into the crowd.