Pens to Participate in Rookie Tournament Sept 9-13 in Oshawa, Ontario

LONDON,ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Simon Danis-Pepin #48 of the Chicago Black Hawks tries to move Eric Tangradi #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game during the NHL Rookie Tournament on September 14,2010 at the John Labatt Centre in London,Ontario. The Hawks defeated the Penguins 9-5. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

From a team release:

Pittsburgh Penguins prospects will be competing against prospects from the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 Rookie Tournament Sept. 9-13 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.

Penguins prospects will be in Pittsburgh on Sept. 9 to undergo physicals and fitness testing at CONSOL Energy Center before busing to Oshawa. Players will be available to the media that morning inside the Penguins locker room from 9-9:30 a.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and assistant coach Alain Nasreddine will oversee the tournament. Eric Tangradi, Simon Despres and 2011 first-round draft pick Joseph Morrow are among the 26 players taking part in the tournament.

All three games will air on Penguins HD Radio (WXDX FM HD-2 and streamed live on Steve Mears and two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Bourque will broadcast the action. Full tournament coverage can also be found at

And some more, including the roster, after the jump:

Tangradi, 22, split the 2010-11 season between the Penguins and WBS. The Philadelphia, Pa. native made the Penguins’ opening-night roster and tallied three points (1G-2A) in 15 NHL games. He added 18 goals and 33 points in 42 AHL games with WBS.

Despres, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (30th overall) in 2009, enjoyed a stellar season in ’10-11. The 20-year-old blueliner tallied 41 points (13G-28A) and posted a plus-28 rating in 47 games for Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to earn the Emile Bouchard Trophy as that league’s top defenseman. Despres helped the Sea Dogs capture the Memorial Cup championship in May, and helped Team Canada earn a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships in January.

Morrow, 18, was the highest-scoring blueliner for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, notching 49 points (9G-40A) in 60 games. The 23rd overall selection of the NHL Entry Draft in June, Morrow placed second among all WHL blueliners with 20 points (6G-14A) in 21 games while helping the Winterhawks reach the WHL final.

Pittsburgh Penguins veterans will report to training camp in Pittsburgh Sept. 16. Schedule details will be released prior to the opening of camp.


Following is a schedule for the Penguins’ 2011 Rookie Tournament:


Friday, September 9, 2011

9:00 a.m.         Players available to the media at CONSOL Energy Center

Bus to Oshawa

10:00 a.m.       Bus to Oshawa

6:00 p.m.         Practice in Oshawa


Saturday, September 10, 2011

2:00 p.m.         Game vs. Ottawa


Sunday, September 11, 2011

11:30 a.m.       Practice in Oshawa

7:00 p.m.         Game vs. Toronto


Monday, September 12, 2011

11:30 a.m.       Practice in Oshawa


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2:00 p.m.         Game vs. Chicago

Return to Pittsburgh


And the list of those that are playing, with their age and last season's team:

Patrick Killeen, 21 Wheeling/WB-S last season
Maxime Lagace, 18, Prince Edward Island (QMJHL) [AMATEUR TRYOUT]

Robert Bortuzzo, 22, WB/S
Simon Despres, 20, St. John (QMJHL)
Alex Grant, 22, Wheeling/WB/S
Scott Harrington, 18, London (OHL)
Reid McNeill, 19, London (OHL)
Joe Rogalski, 19, Sarnia (OHL)
Joe Morrow, 18, Portland (WHL)
Philip Samuelsson, 20, Boston College
Carl Sneep, 23, WB/S
Brain Strait, 23, Pittsburgh/WB/S

Jessey Astles, 18, Kelowna (WHL) [AMATEUR TRYOUT]
Brandon DeFazio, 22, Wheeling/WB/S
Stefan Fournier, 19, Lewiston (QMJHL) [AMATEUR TRYOUT]
Tom Kuhnhackl, 19, Windsor (OHL)
Nick Petersen, 22, Wheeling/WB-S
Zach Sill, 23, WB/S
Ben Street, 24, Wheeling/WB/S
Eric Tangradi, 22, Pittsburgh/WB/S
Daniil Tarasov, 20, Indiana (USHL) [AMATEUR TRYOUT]
Paul Thompson, 22, New Hampshire/WB/S
Dominik Uher, 18, Spokane (WHL)
Ian Watters, 19, Brampton (OHL) [AMATEUR TRYOUT]

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