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Which of these 20 Camp Invitees will surprise and surpass expectations of Pens brass? (Pick 3)

Poll ended at Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:27 am

D'Agostino, Nick
4
3%
Dumuolin, Brian
29
19%
Harrington, Scott
11
7%
Maatta, Olli
8
5%
McNeill, Reid
0
No votes
Morrow, Joe
27
18%
Pouliot, Derrick
6
4%
Sustr, Andrej
1
1%
Velischek, Alex
0
No votes
Agostino, Kenny
4
3%
Archibald, Josh
1
1%
Bennett, Beau
16
11%
Blueger, Teddy
4
3%
Kuhnhackl, Tom
11
7%
Marcantuoni, Matia
13
9%
Payerl, Adam
0
No votes
Sundqvist, Oskar
1
1%
Uher, Dominik
7
5%
Wilson, Scott
2
1%
Zlobin, Anton
6
4%
 
Total votes : 151

Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby meecrofilm on Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:14 pm

DelPen wrote:Anyone else going to get confused with Agostino and D'Agostino?


Hopefully if they're both on the big squad one day we can trade for D'Agostini as well.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby tfrizz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:51 pm

meecrofilm wrote:
DelPen wrote:Anyone else going to get confused with Agostino and D'Agostino?


Hopefully if they're both on the big squad one day we can trade for D'Agostini as well.


Put them together and call them the Transformation Line?

D'Agostini
D'Agostino
Agostino
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Wyopen on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:15 pm

Which of the current camp participants are eligible to play in WBS this year?
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby DelPen on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:44 pm

D'Agostino is the defenseman, right? I'd like to thank the hockey Gods for that nice trick to remember which is which. Good thing Agostino didn't have to put and F for forward in front of his name to make it easier.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby JoseCuervo on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:12 am

For dark horses, I'd pick Agostino, Archibald, and Marcantuoni. Not because they are the best players, but because they will all likely surpass expectations.

I thought about going with uher, but the pens already gave him a contact, so they likely assume he will have a strong camp. Also thought about wilson, but I think his development will be around where they expect after a strong season for UMass-Lowel.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby FallenHero96 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:55 am

I gotta say I am really excited to see these guys play this year. I hope the pens website is going to stream some training camp videos and hopefully some exhibition games like they did before.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:57 am

DelPen wrote:D'Agostino is the defenseman, right? I'd like to thank the hockey Gods for that nice trick to remember which is which. Good thing Agostino didn't have to put and F for forward in front of his name to make it easier.


lulz.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby meecrofilm on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:07 am

Hah. Just got it.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Geezer on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:41 am

I'll go with McNeil,Velischek and Payerl since they didn't get any votes yet.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Mongoose87 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:57 pm

Geezer wrote:I'll go with McNeil,Velischek and Payerl since they didn't get any votes yet.

The darkest of horses.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby penny lane on Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:39 pm

Brian Dumoulin ‏@Du24theboyz
Did not hit one guy in paintball.


Spoiler:
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Corvidae on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:58 pm

Uher and Macaroni
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Corvidae on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:04 pm

Wyopen wrote:Which of the current camp participants are eligible to play in WBS this year?


Let me give it a try here...

AHL eligible:
Bennett
Dumuolin
Kuhnhackl
Morrow
McNeill
Uher

NCAA:
Agostino
Archibald
Blueger
D'Agostino
Wilson

Back to their CHL team:
Maatta
Marcantuoni
Pouliot

Holy crap, Shero drafted someone playing in Europe:
Sundqvist

Not sure about:
Harrington (back to the OHL?)
Sustr (Who?)
Velischek (Pack to Providence?)
Payerl (AHL?)
Zlobin (QMJHL?)
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby meecrofilm on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:13 pm

Harrington back to London for one more year.
Sustr (invitee) will be back in college.
Payerl will indeed be in WBS.

You're spot on with everthing else :thumb:
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby meecrofilm on Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:49 am

Sounds like Bennett and Blueger put on a clinic in the puckhandling drill...

@IanAltenbaugh
Bennett just made mince meat of this puck carrying drill

@IanAltenbaugh
Megna and Thompson also doing well in puck moving drill. Not as well as Bennett though. Woah.

@IanAltenbaugh
Blueger is absolutely disgusting in the puck-handling drill. Did it at nearly full speed.

@IanAltenbaugh
Blueger is really one of the most graceful puck-movers I've seen in a long time in the Pens prospect pool.

@IanAltenbaugh
Bennett showing some serious panache in the second batch of puck moving drills. Adding some extra moves at the end.

@LGP_netwolf
Puckhandling drills through a series of blocks. Blueger is dominating.

‏@LGP_netwolf
Marcantuoni isn't bad here either and just rifled another shot under the bar.

LGP_netwolf
Archibald and Bennett aren't having any issues going through the pylons either. I think Blueger's the smoothest here though.

@zboslett
Bennett dominating puck handling drill.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Wyopen on Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:59 am

Corvidae wrote:
Wyopen wrote:Which of the current camp participants are eligible to play in WBS this year?


Let me give it a try here...

AHL eligible:
Bennett
Dumuolin
Kuhnhackl
Morrow
McNeill
Uher

NCAA:
Agostino
Archibald
Blueger
D'Agostino
Wilson

Back to their CHL team:
Maatta
Marcantuoni
Pouliot

Holy crap, Shero drafted someone playing in Europe:
Sundqvist

Not sure about:
Harrington (back to the OHL?)
Sustr (Who?)
Velischek (Pack to Providence?)
Payerl (AHL?)
Zlobin (QMJHL?)



Thanks C, I live near Hershey and wanted to get an idea who might be on WBS (rooting for Pens) when they play Hershey.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby meecrofilm on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Little Blueger write up from Mike Colligan:

http://thehockeywriters.com/teddy-blueg ... -prospect/
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby Corvidae on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:31 pm

meecrofilm wrote:Little Blueger write up from Mike Colligan:

http://thehockeywriters.com/teddy-blueg ... -prospect/


Good read. Thanks for the link.

I'm disappointed that he's going the NCAA route and not CHL (and Minnesota State isn't exactly a powerhouse). But he's definitely an intriguing prospect. Can't wait to see him tomorrow. #37
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby FallenHero96 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:05 pm

Hey I thought they were broadcasting the development game on Pens radio but it's not on.... grrrrr.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby FallenHero96 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:25 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins

We regret to report that due to technical issues beyond our control, we are unable to broadcast today's game on ‪#Pens‬ Radio 24/7. WEAK!!
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby DelPen on Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:44 pm

Looks like Despres is ready to go and if I was 100% confident in Niskanen instead of 75% in his role as a top 4 I'd move Martin now to get Despres more ice time.

How many of these guys will be at training camp? Will Marcantuoni get invited back? He seemed like the best forward in the camp this week but our forward depth sucks bad.

Looks like Dumoulin might make the team too depending on how Bortuzzo, Strait and Engellend do in camp. I would not be shocked one bit to see Despres-Dumoulin be the 3rd pairing to open the season with Engellend, Strait and Bortuzzo eating nachos until the defense is sorted out.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby DesertPenguin on Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:18 am

DelPen wrote:Looks like Despres is ready to go and if I was 100% confident in Niskanen instead of 75% in his role as a top 4 I'd move Martin now to get Despres more ice time.

How many of these guys will be at training camp? Will Marcantuoni get invited back? He seemed like the best forward in the camp this week but our forward depth sucks bad.

Looks like Dumoulin might make the team too depending on how Bortuzzo, Strait and Engellend do in camp. I would not be shocked one bit to see Despres-Dumoulin be the 3rd pairing to open the season with Engellend, Strait and Bortuzzo eating nachos until the defense is sorted out.


It's really tempting to get these young guys in the lineup. There will be some growing pains, and the coaching staff needs to be careful not to overextend these guys and ruin their confidence, but this has to happen sometime and I'm so excited to see some fresh players in the lineup.

Despres should be a lock for the big club. I wouldn't be surprised to see him paired with Letang by midseason, easing the load on Orpik. I'm not saying that's a lock to happen, but its not outside the realm of possibility.

Dumoulin may be a first year pro, but he has a wealth of experience at the NCAA level and is only a couple months younger than Despres. He's a big bodied defenseman with a defensive focus that could help with the PK and and being defensively responsible.

And then there's Joe Morrow. I could see them following the same script as Despres for him, with a year in the AHL with cups of coffee with the big club when guys get hurt. However, with all the gushing over Joe, both within the organization and without, I could even see him making the big club out of camp, or getting a callup midseason after a trade or injury. Joe Morrow is going to be an absolute stud for this team.

So there it is. Assume Letang, Orpik, Niskanen and Martin are your top 4. Lovejoy, Engo, Strait and Bortuzzo is already 1 too many to keep. Time for Ray to make a deal.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby jogr4909 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:17 am

For me, Lovejoy and Strait should be traded. Toughness of Engo and Big bodied Bortuzzo hard to give up.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby JoseCuervo on Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:48 am

I doubt any teams will trade for lovejoy, strait, engo, or bortuzzo. None of them are overly impressive, and they could be had off of waivers for free.

I personally expect both strait and despres to make the team seeing as they got nhl playoff experience last year.
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Re: Pick your Development Camp DARKHORSE!!!

Postby sil on Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:56 am

jogr4909 wrote:For me, Lovejoy and Strait should be traded. Toughness of Engo and Big bodied Bortuzzo hard to give up.


Why is Strait's toughness easy to give up?
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