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The Pittsburgh Penguins are about to go to training camp. We look at the 34 forwards attending and offer a mini-preview and storyline for each.

Gregory Shamus

Saw this idea over at Broad Street Hockey, but thought, let's condense this. Here's 15 words - or less - and a question about all 34 forwards going to Pittsburgh Penguins training camp next week.

Despite having 12 one-way contracts for forwards, it figures to be the most competitive training camp in years, being as there is a new coach, GM and desire to shake up the team to provide, hopefully, better play from the bottom of the lineup.

On the bubble:

Adam Payerl - Has size, toughness - competing for NHL roster spot, can he step up and earn it?

Blake Comeau - Can Comeau add some speed, forechecking, ability and competency to a bottom line?

Daniel Carcillo - Ticking time-bomb, can he prove worth and claim 4th line job with grit and toughness?

Dominik Uher - Everyone wants to see surprise young player step up  and earn spot, is it Uher?

Jayson Megna - Speed and flashed some skill last year but will waiver-free status work against Megna?

Kasperi Kapanen - Ultimate wildcard, can Kapanen buck odds and earn NHL job at 18 out of camp?

Zach Sill - How is being the called the next Craig Adams considered a compliment?

Probably ticketed for the minors:

Andrew Ebbett - Productive AHLer but too small/inconsistent for big leagues, will he somehow stand out?

Anton Zlobin - Skill wingers are in short supply, can Zlobin prove that he can supply it?

Bobby Farnham - Good minor-league pest, but it seems like that's his ceiling. Is it?

Bryan Rust - Young, fresh, ready to make professional debut, how will Rust handle his first true taste?

Christopher Lalancette (AHL) - Unsigned Sharks pick didn't impress them, can he earn a spot with Pens organization?

Conor Sheary - Possible long-term diamond in the rough, will Sheary show consistency in AHL?

Jean-Sebastien Dea - No doubt Dea has great hands, but how will overall game translate to pro level?

Josh Archibald - Where does Archibald fit in organization among all the other young talent in first year?

Matia Marcantuoni - Speed for days but can he grow some hands to go along with it?

Nick Drazenovic - How does a depth veteran center stack up and earn ice with so many youngins?

Oskar Sundqvist - Will he end up playing in Sweden this season or stay in North America?

Patrick McGrath (PTO) - Will he be anything more than a body for camp?

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond - Holy crap, he's still around?

Scott Wilson - Turned pro early, was it a wise decision?

Tom Kostopolous - Is the popular captain planning a run for mayor of Wilkes-Barre when his career ends?

Tom Kuhnhackl - What happened to the high hopes? Can he recapture the magic in contract year?

No doubters:

Beau Bennett - If he's healthy, could be the break-out year. For the 3rd year in a row.

Brandon Sutter - Can he better at Corsi/Fenwick? He's been bad at it, if you haven't heard.

Chris Kunitz - Approaching 35, how much longer can Kunitz stay super-productive and keep outskating Father Time?

Craig Adams - He's old, he's slow, he's a battletank, will Adams be everyday player for new coach?

Evgeni Malkin - Can Geno stay healthy? And who ends up on his wings at Game 82?

Marcel Goc - Now healthy, Pens need the depth. Will Goc have bigger impact than typical 4L center?

Nick Spaling - Hopefully a young player on upswing but advanced metrics say he stinks, does he?

Pascal Dupuis - How will the knee hold up? At his age, better as checking line or Sid's?

Patric Hornqvist- How will he adapt to Pittsburgh, and Malkin? Can he be close to PPG?

Sidney Crosby - Will he beat the league in scoring by 20 this year or just 15?

Steve Downie - Can Rick Tocchet revive his career back to the 22-goal level from Tampa?

(Note: you may be wondering why we considered a guy like Adams a lock, and put Comeau in the bubble category. Being as Adams is on a 35+ contract, the Penguins cannot demote him without incurring a salary cap penalty of $600k, almost the same as his $675k cap hit for keeping him. So, like it or not, his place on the 23-man roster is probably secure, barring a trade. Comeau is probably safe too, but it's conceivable that if other bubble players earn a spot, it might push Comeau out, due to the Pens being close to the cap limit.)