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2015 Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp

Derrick Pouliot headlines 37 players to be on the ice next week for Pittsburgh Penguins 2015 summer development camp.

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

From a team release:

This year’s roster has 37 players (23 forwards; 10 defensemen; and 4 goaltenders) and includes all four 2015 draft picks.

In addition to four days of on-ice sessions, the players will also partake in off-ice workouts, team building exercises and participate in seminars designed to help them better assimilate to being a professional hockey player.

The final practice on Saturday, July 18, which will include controlled scrimmage situations, will be free and open to the public. The practice begins at 3 p.m. and includes free parking in all CONSOL Energy Center surface lots. More information on the open practice will be released next week.

This year’s camp will be directed by first-year Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Mike Sullivan, who joined the Pittsburgh organization in June. Sullivan will be assisted by Wheeling Nailers head coach Clark Donatelli and Penguins goaltender development coach Mike Buckley.

Penguins assistant general managers Tom Fitzgerald and Bill Guerin and player development coach Mark Recchi will coordinate the off-ice portion of camp.

Among the attendees are three players who saw NHL action with Pittsburgh last season – defenseman Derrick Pouliot and forwards Bryan Rust and Scott Wilson. Pouliot and Rust both scored their first NHL goals during the regular season, while Wilson suited up for Pittsburgh during its opening-round series against the New York Rangers.

Also highlighting the roster is Matt Murray, the American Hockey League’s goaltender and rookie of the year, among the numerous honors he collected; Conor Sheary, who led WBS in scoring in both the regular season and playoffs; and forward Oskar Sundqvist, who nearly helped his Swedish Elite League team, Skelleftea, win its league championship after being one of the Penguins’ final cuts in October.

Two forwards – Wilson and Tyler Biggs – will not skate during camp due to injury, but will attend all other activities. Wilson is recovering from wrist surgery, while Biggs, acquired alongside Phil Kessel and Tim Erixon from Toronto last week, is coming off an Achilles’ injury.

The players are:

Goalies (4)

Matt Murray, Tristan Jarry, Scott Maguire and Matt Skoff (UFA)

Murray was awesome in the AHL last year, Jarry is about to turn pro this season as the top 2 goalies in camp. Interestingly Maguire didn't even enroll in BU last fall, but was expected to be back in the program this season.

Defenseman (10)

Derrick Pouliot, Clark Seymour , Harrison Ruopp , Jeff Taylor , Ryan Segalla, Dane Birks, Jake Kulevich (UFA) , Joe Masonius (UFA) , Matt Murphy (UFA), Patrick Sexton (UFA)

Pouliot's by far the top player in the group, and how about having to round the group out with 4 free agents! Young defenseman is definitely not the strength that is used to be, and probably will have to be addressed via the draft soon (Pittsburgh took no defensemen in the 2015 with their only 4 picks).

Forwards (23)

Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, Oskar Sundqvist, Daniel Sprong, Conor Sheary, Frederick Tiffels, Dominik Simon, Nikita Pavlychev, Ty Loney, Matia Marcantuoni, Jaden Lindo, Sam Lafferty, Troy Josephs, Jake Guentzel, Brandon Denham (UFA), J-S Dea, Blaine Byron, Milos Bubela (UFA), Teddy Blueger Tyler Biggs, Josh Archibad, Anthony Angello, Anton Zlobin

A million storylines here, one prominent one will be whether or not the team can recruit Blueger to sign now and not go back for his senior season, or how hard they will even try. It will be interesting to see how all the young players mesh and work together and how far some of the college players that we only see once a year have progressed.