Player News - Penguins

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Jake Guentzel picked up a goal and four assists in Pittsburgh's 6-5 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

It's too bad that this was a preseason game because that would have been a night to remember for Guentzel. The 22-year-old only played in 40 games last season, but he managed to collect an impressive 33 points. His fantasy stock would get a significant boost if he suited up on a line with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
Sep 20 - 10:08 PM

Tuesday's preseason contest was Antti Niemi's first with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Niemi turned aside 15 of 16 Sabres shots in the first period. "Well, he saw a lot of action early," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He made some big saves for us. I think sometimes as a goalie, coming to a new environment, maybe that’s a good thing. Because he really doesn’t have any opportunity to think about it much. He just has to go out there and trust his instincts and make the saves." Niemi is coming off a rough campaign with Dallas where he had a 3.30 GAA and .892 save percentage in 37 contests. He's expected to be Pittsburgh's backup goaltender behind Matt Murray.
Sep 20 - 5:26 AM

Zach Aston-Reese found the back of the net in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Aston-Reese's goal tied the game at one early in the second period. The 23-year-old completed his college career at Northeastern last season before making the jump to the AHL. He played 10 games with Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliate, and he picked up an impressive three goals and eight points during that span. He's far from a slam dunk to make the roster, but it's not impossible for him to play at least a portion of the season in Pittsburgh.
Sep 19 - 10:05 PM

Jan Drozg has been removed from the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp roster.

Pittsburgh selected Drozg with the 152nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He's projected to play for the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes this season after spending 2016-17 in the Swedish junior leagues.
Sep 19 - 9:29 AM

Zachary Lauzon has been cut from the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp roster.

Lauzon had 21 points and 90 penalty minutes in 63 OHL contests in 2016-17. Pittsburgh took him with the 51st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 19 - 9:25 AM

Derrick Pouliot stood out in the Penguins' intrasquad game on Monday.

"I thought he was really active in the rush," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He made a few real good outlet passes. He's in very good shape. His fitness level is extremely good. I think he's made a positive impression." Pouliot's role with the 2017-18 squad isn't secure, especially if his hope is to serve as something more than the team's seventh defenseman, so a strong training camp is important in his case. He had no points in 11 games with Pittsburgh in 2016-17. At the AHL level he had seven goals and 23 points in 46 contests.
Sep 19 - 9:23 AM

Patric Hornqvist (hand) skated on his own Monday.

Hornqvist missed the first three days of training camp with a hand injury. He hasn't practiced with them since he took part in an informal skate on Sept. 7.
Sep 18 - 4:31 PM

Pittsburgh has signed Jordy Bellerive to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Penguins announced the signing over the weekend. The undrafted free agent forward led the Penguins at the 2017 Prospects Challenge with seven points (four goals, three assists) in the three games. He notched 27 goals and 56 points in 70 games with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes last season.
Sep 18 - 12:44 PM

Conor Sheary is looking to be more consistent in 2017-18.

Sheary had a solid regular season, which earned him a three-year, $9 million contract this off-season. Unfortunately, his play fell apart in the playoffs and he was a healthy scratch in some important games. "I think when I'm playing my best and I'm working hard and I'm winning one-on-one battles, I think I can be an effective player," Sheary said. "When I get away from that and stop moving my feet and try to make too many plays, I think that's when I get away from it. When I say consistency, I mean I want to keep that work ethic game-in and game-out and earn my spot in the lineup."
Sep 18 - 8:21 AM

Kris Letang (neck) took part in Saturday's team scrimmage and that involved taking contact.

That was the first game-like situation that Letang has taken part in since undergoing neck surgery. His last NHL game was on Feb. 21. "It allows him to get into some of the belligerence of the game, the pushing and shoving, the body checks, the tight-area battles and the timing," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "When a player misses as much time Tanger as missed and you go back to a game scenario, it seems like the game is going on 100 mph around you. As you start to get more acclimated to game scenarios, the game slows down for you." Unfortunately injuries have been a recurring problem for Letang over the course of his career, but he's one of the NHL's top offensive defensemen when healthy.
Sep 17 - 10:37 AM

Dominik Simon skated on a line with Sidney Crosby on the first day of training camp.

This does not mean that the two will play together during the regular season. Mike Sullivan is likely just experimenting by putting youngsters with veterans. Simon picked up one assist in two games with the Pens last season. He added 46 points in 70 games in the AHL. He will have no fantasy value this season.
Sep 16 - 10:27 AM

Zach Aston-Reese is skating on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel in training camp

This trio has been skating together for the first two days of training camp, which is kind of telling. Aston-Reese probably won't play there during the regular season, but the Pens want to see what he could do with elite offensive players. There's a chance Aston-Reese could crack the Penguins roster this fall. The 23-year-old had 63 points in 38 games with Northeastern University last season. He added eight points in 10 games in the AHL.
Sep 16 - 10:25 AM

Patric Hornqvist (hand) will miss the start of training camp.

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford expects to have Hornqvist back on the ice before the start of the season. It was reported that he had a broken finger when he scored the Cup-winning goal back in June. Hornqvist underwent surgery on his hand during the off-season and he isn't quite ready yet. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 15 - 12:06 PM

Alex D'Orio has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The undrafted free agent goaltender impressed at the 2017 Prospects Challenge when he posted a 2-0-1 record and turned aside 74 of the 82 shots he faced in three appearances. D'Orio posted a 19-2-2 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL last year.
Sep 13 - 8:06 PM

Carter Rowney could serve as Pittsburgh's third-line center this season.

The 28-year-old made his NHL debut last season, as he played 27 games in 2016-17. He had just three goals and four assists with the Penguins. With Nick Bonino now in Nashville, Pittsburgh could opt to go with Rowney as his replacement. "You pay attention to your surroundings. It's your organization," Rowney said. "But at the end of the day, you have to just come in and be confident in your own game and worry about yourself. Have a good summer no matter what and try to improve the things you know you have to improve on." Even if he does play on the third line, don't expect him to carry any fantasy value.
Sep 10 - 2:16 PM


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