Day 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Development Camp has officially begun with Team 1 taking the ice around 9:05 AM. Some of the notables out there right now are Simon Despres, Olli Maatta, and Beau Bennett. The practice started out with a different look today than it did yesterday as the squads were doing five-man drills where the center wins the face-off, sends the puck back to a defenseman, and the defenseman takes a shot from the point. The forwards in front of the net then look for a rebound. After all of that, each player skates to the other end and takes a shot on the other goalie.
10:13 AM: That will do it for Team 1’s practice. After doing those five-man drills earlier, they eventually went on to do some drills along the boards as well as one-on-one drills where the forwards tried to get around the defenseman. Olli Maatta, one of the two first round picks the Penguins chose in the 2012 NHL Draft, struggled in the one-on-one drill as he was burned three times in a row. 6-foot-8 defenseman Andrej Sustr, who was invited by the Penguins, dominated the drill as most of the forwards could not get around him. The practice concluded with a game of “mini-hockey.”
11:07 AM: Defenseman Joe Morrow continues to impress as his wrist shot looks even heavier than it was last year. Among the forwards, Oscar Sundqvist, Dominik Uher, and Kenny Agostino have stood out today. Uher continues to put the puck in the basket while Agostino is looking like he could develop into a presence in front of the net. Sundqvist, the Penguins’ third round pick in 2012, has shown good hands to go along with his size.
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