Guinness wrote:I'm interested to know any updates on Ruopp and Marcantuoni, if anyone could shed some light?
Marcantuoni was actually considered a first round talent at the beginning of his draft year, then he got de-railed by injuries and never really recovered, at least as far as far as production. His skating is still top end, and is already NHL level. The big question for him will be how well he can think the game. If he proves to be coachable, then he should be able to develop into a decent role player, one that excels on the forecheck. I believe he's started killing penalties in juniors (and think Pens used him there at the rookie tournament), so that should be good for him. He hasn't signed a pro deal yet, so he'll be back in Kitchener this coming season.
I don't know a ton about Ruopp. I know he's a defensive, physical guy who likes to hit and that's about all. I assume that given the Pens wanted him in their system, that he must be a decent skater/passer as that's a requirement for their D. He does have a deal, and will be playing his first year of pro hockey this fall. Organizational depth could push him down to Wheeling.