PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Olli Maatta (C), 22nd overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins, poses with Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux (3rd R) and team representatives on stage during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Recent top draft picks Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington and Simon Despres highlight the list of invitees. The roster features 22 players drafted by Pittsburgh – including all nine players selected at the 2012 NHL Draft – as well as recent acquisitions Brian Dumoulin and Harrison Ruopp. Fans are invited to attend the camp-concluding scrimmage – which is free and open to the public – on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. Last year, roughly 5,000 fans attended the scrimmage. Free parking will be available in all CONSOL Energy Center lots. Several concession stands, as well as PensGear – the Penguins’ official team store – will be open.The list the team released is a formatting nightmare, so here's a list of the players scheduled to be there. Some of the NCAA prospects are missing, as they have to pay their own way to get there, as well as some other NCAA-eligibility rules and regulations to follow.
Goalies (3): 2012 draft picks Matt Murray and Sean Maguire will be joined by 22 year old undrafted free agent Ryan Faragher from Saint. Cloud State.
Defensemen (13): Simon Despres headlines the list of high-draft picks and blue-chip prospects including Brian Dumuolin, Joe Morrow (who will play pro this season) as well as junior/college-aged guys like Scott Harrington and Olli Maata. They are joined by diamond-in-the-rough prospect Nick D'Agostino, Alex Velischek, Reid McNeill, Harrison Ruopp, Philip Samuelsson and Clark Seymour. The team has also invited undrafted, 6'8" FA Andrej Sustr from the USHL.
Forwards (18): Former first round pick and now professional player Beau Bennett leads this group that includes Tom Kuhnhackl, Kenny Agostino, Josh Archibald, Teddy Blueger, Brian Gibbons, Matia Marcantuoni, Adam Payerl, Zach Sill, Oskar Sundqvist, Paul Thompson, Dominik Uher, Scott Wilson and Anton Zlobin. They'll be joined by undrafted free agents Antoine Laganiere (Agostino's teammate at Yale), Jayson Megna and Grant Opperman.
This prospect camp will be the only real place for these players to get time in a Penguins jersey, as the 4-team tournament the Penguins had participated in the past few September's has been cancelled, amid cost concerns with the expiration of the CBA coming up.