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?
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.)