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A look at the ongoing Penguins prospect camp this week

The future is working out in Cranberry this week

2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Life moves fast for a youngster in the NHL. 18-year old Owen Pickering heard his name called on Thursday night, snapped some pictures and soaked up the joy and achievement of being selected by an NHL team with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The next day, he was already en route to Pittsburgh. The Pens’ annual summer prospect camp began yesterday and will continue for most of this week.

“I actually walked around backstage, and I was told that I was going to be heading to Pittsburgh the next day,” Pickering said. “So, I hopped on a couple of flights and got here.”

And now Pickering is in town, and was on ice yesterday as the marquee member of the Penguins’ prospect class going through some workouts to get their journeys going.

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan is among those on the ice, along with Wilkes-Barre coach J.D. Forrest and Pittsburgh’s skills development coach Ty Hennes to lead the instruction.

Along with all of recent 2022 draft picks (aside from fourth round pick goalie Sergey Murashov) joined 11 forwards, eight defensemen and four goaltenders who are Pens’ prospects or undrafted camp invitees. They are:

Forwards
Corey Andonovski
Raivis Ansons
Tristan Broz
Judd Caulfield
Jordan Frasca
Ty Glover
Sam Houde (UFA)
Max Sasson (UFA)
Lukas Svejkovsky
Chase Yoder

Defense
Santeri Airola
Isaac Belliveau
Aidan Fulp (UFA)
Clay Hanus (UFA)
Daniel Laatsch
Ryan McCleary
Chris Ortiz
Colin Swoyer

Goaltenders
Joel Blomqvist
Taylor Gauthier
Filip Lindberg
Tommy Nappier (UFA)

Every player above has a story. Blomqvist is undergoing his mandatory Finnish military training this summer but has been excused to participate this week. Lindberg is coming off an injury that robbed him off of most of his injury. There are plenty of college players involved who get their only pro activity at this event this week. Undrafted players are looking to make their mark and stand out. Several others are recent undrafted signings, and this is the first regular prospect camp since 2019 which means it is the first look for many.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week. All on ice activities are open for free to the public.

Monday, July 11

10:45 AM – Goalie On-Ice Session
11:30 AM – Skills Session
12:30 PM – Split Squad

Tuesday, July 12

10:00 AM – Goalie On-Ice Session
10:45 AM – Skills Session
11:45 AM – Split Squad

Wednesday, July 13

10:15 AM – Goalie On-Ice Session
11:00 AM – Practice/Skills Session
12:00 PM – Split Squad

Thursday, July 14

12:00 PM – Scrimmage