The Pittsburgh Penguins are gonna be in Buffalo for the weekend as they participate in yet another rookie tournament.
Last year, the Penguins went 0-3 but that doesn’t matter as much as the individual performances, since that’s what we’re really looking for here. As you’d expect, Jake Guentzel and Teddy Blueger were among the goal scorers. Guentzel even got some praise from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Clarke Donatelli, with Donatelli saying “[Jake Guentzel] got better and better as [the tournament] went on. He’s going to be a hell of a player.”
This year, there’s a few different faces as blonde superman Jake Guentzel celebrates his Stanley Cup Championship summer.
The roster is as follows:
FORWARDS: Zach Aston-Reese, Jordy Bellerive, Teddy Blueger, Riley Bourbonnais, Thomas Di Pauli, Jan Drozg, Reid Gardiner, Adam Johnson, Sam Miletic, Gage Quinney, Daniel Sprong, Frederik Tiffels, Nolan Volcan
DEFENSEMEN: Lukas Bengtsson, Alex DiCarlo, Connor Hall, Zachary Lauzon, Antti Palojarvi, Ethan Prow, Kevin Spinozzi, Jeff Taylor, Dylan Zink
GOALTENDERS: Alex D’Orio, Troy Timpano
The tournament, in terms of the Penguins, is of course headlined by Zach Aston-Reese and Daniel Sprong, but one name that every Penguins fan, and likely every hockey fan is happy to see is a healthy Lukas Bengtsson. Bengtsson was an alternate captain for the Penguins at last year’s rookie tournament, and he without a doubt deserves that “A” again for the things he’s gone and persevered through. For more on that, check out this article on PensBurgh.
This also includes the debut of 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins draft picks Zachary Lauzon, Jan Drozg and Antti Palojarvi, in addition to the heavily lauded college signee Adam Johnson. However, 2017 draft picks William Rielly (defenseman), Linus Olund (center) and (perhaps the Penguins’ best pick of the draft) Clayton Phillips (defenseman) are absent from this list.
Other notable absences from this list include center/wing Dominik Simon, center/wing Troy Josephs, defenseman Niclas Almari, and goaltender Filip Gustavsson.
The tournament takes place between September 8th — September 11th.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing?