Believe it or not summer is over and the boys are back in town for training camp. It'll be opening night before you know it! Now here are some assembled thoughts from various outlets who've been keeping an eye on the action on the ice.
--In the morning scrimmage Team B (led by the Matt-Cooke-Jordan Staal-Pascal Dupuis line) defeated Team A (Evgeni Makin's team) 2-0. Cooke scored off a deflection from rookie Robert Bortuzzo and Wade Brookbank added an empty netter.
--Observers held high praise for Bortuzzo and his d-partner, 2009 first round pick Simon Despres. Both played well and had a good shift limiting the Fedotenko/Malkin/Kennedy line. Hopefully the young d-men can continue to impress.
--Bortuzzo's name has been all over the place from seemingly all reports, all for good things. Bortuzzo will start the year in the AHL but his development could be a very interesting case.
--Big Keven Veilleux, a center by trade, is working on the right wing. He's a right handed shot and has a lot of skill. Hopefully the transition to the wing at the same time as he's jumping to the professional ranks isn't too much for him to handle.
--Good news for Eric Tangradi fans, the young forward is said to have driven to the net a lot and his sheer size on the ice has been impressive.
--I've seen more than one person praise the speed of Joe Vitale.
--You never like to say anything negative during training camps, especially about young players still developing but I didn't come across many sunny reports regarding the play of Casey Pierro-Zabotel. And Luca Caputi hasn't seemed to generate observers to talk about him. Whether this is because he's not standing out or just because other's have been more eye-catching remains to be seen.
--More updates to come later in the day. If you're going to be at the old Mellon, shoot us an email and we could get your thoughts as a special correspondant.
After the jump, I'll post the rosters for Teams A, B and C, since they don't seem very accessible on the Penguins website.
Curry (MAF also stepping in here a little too)
Pretty evenly broken up, right down the middle with each team getting one of the top 3 forward lines and a NHL defensive pair. I'd have to put the early favorite Team B, they have some good prospects to go along with Gonchar/Orpik and Fleury and a decent amount of well-rounded forwards.