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2014 Pittsburgh Penguins training camp preview

Our look at the defensemen and goalies attending training camp for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Since it worked so well for the forwards, let's preview all the defenseman and goaltenders attending training camp for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 15 words and a question about how things will go.


On the bubble

Simon Despres- under new coaching/management, will 23 year old finally find permanent place in Pittsburgh?

Brian Dumoulin- undoubtedly was a man among boys in prospect & rookie camps, but what about NHL camp?

Philip Samuelsson- waiver eligible, is Samuelsson a good enough player to keep in NHL over some peers?

Scott Harrington- Time will come but how does defensive-defenseman stand out in training camp situation?

Probably ticketed for the minors

Alex Boak (AHL) - will he ask for Sidney Crosby's autograph?

Taylor Chorney- veteran of 61 NHL games Chorney provides good depth, but can he outshine younger prospects?

Nick D'Agostino- can he impress in contract year or will he slide out of organization?

Reid McNeill- big, physical defenseman, can he grow from minors to NHL one day?

Derrick Pouliot- highly anticipated debut will defer for injury, how big will impact be by season's end?

Harrison Ruopp- organization was once high on him, can he make strides in second year?

Clark Seymour (AHL)- tough time to join organization as a young defenseman, where will he fit this year?

No Doubters

Robert Bortuzzo - big, physical, right-handed, a rarity for this blueline this year, is he every night player?

Christian Ehrhoff- useful everywhere, where's his best fit in Pittsburgh? And for how long?

Kris Letang- when healthy, he's a top 10 Norris Trophy finisher. Will he be healthy this year?

Olli Maatta - after a sensational rookie season, what's he got up his sleeve for a sophomore campaign?

Paul Martin - will need a new regular partner and how will expiring contract loom?

Rob Scuderi- - even he knows he stunk last year, but can the veteran possibly rebound this year?


Marc-Andre Fleury - former #1 pick turns 30 in November, is this his last camp as a Penguin?

Thomas Greiss- very impressive stats in limited minutes, what will he offer in the backup battle?

Eric Hartzell- after bumpy pro debut, can he establish himself as top AHL goalie this year?

Tristan Jarry- what does Memorial Cup winner do for encoure when he goes back to juniors?

Matthew Murray- prime spot in Wilkes-Barre there for the taking, will he step up and take it?

Jeff Zatkoff - being overshadowed is story of his career, can he overcome the numbers again?