Drove up to see the AHL Pens over the weekend. The arena is a nice little venue, friendly and easy to get to. 4 hour drive from DC area. Thoughts on the game: Pens won 2-1 over Toronto. Very few of the players are NHL ready if they ever will be. Some showed flashes of understanding the system, but most did not. The passing was bad, real bad. The were not able to hit the open winger breaking out of the defensive zone or make the cross ice pass. They spent way too much time in their own end of the ice. 2 goals scored were ugly grinding goals. Shots from the point went wide with no tipins or forechecking to cycle the puck. Goalie, Jeff Zatkoff, was great. Defensemen are the strength of the team. None stood out as lock down defensemen who are NHL ready. Simon Despres, Joey Mormina, Robert Burtuzzo were solid. Morrow has lots of room to grow. Tangradi is playing well. Always moving. Beau Bennett has flashes. Could not tell you about any of the centers as none were not special, good or bad. I know the system is hard to learn, but they need to work hard to get it before the NHL players get back. Hopefully sooner than later. Would love to hear others views from down in the minors as there is no other penguins Hockey.
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