Pittsburgh Penguins Set To Open Training Camp

Published on September 16th, 2015

By Larry Snyder

The Pittsburgh Penguins extended invitations to 53 players Tuesday for their 2015 National Hockey League training camp. The Pens players report to the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Center for physical testing Thursday, Sept. 17 and take the ice Friday morning for their first official practice.

Head coach Mike Johnston’s training camp roster contains 32 forwards, 17 defensemen, and four goaltenders. The are some very familiar names on the list including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury.

New faces have been brought aboard with forwards Phil Kessel, Erie Fehr, Nick Bonino, Sergei Plotnikov, and Matt Cullen. Two new members of the blue line crew to get to know are Adam Clendening and Tim Erixon.

The fans will not need a program to recognize the pair of NHL veterans in camp. Defenseman Sergei Gonchar and left wing Tom Sestito are in Cranberry on professional tryout agreements. It will be interesting to see if either one can capture a spot on the final roster.

The coaching staff has eight preseason games to make their decisions. The Pens start the preseason with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, Sept. 21st. Mike Johnston’s crew comes right back the next evening to host the Carolina Hurricanes in their preseason home opener at CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens and Canes take the ice at 7 p.m.

There are three questions that spring to mind at the beginning of camp.

1) Thomas Greiss has gone to mind the nets for the New York Islanders this off season. Does Jeff Zatkoff immediately take over the backup role for this season? Does Jim Rutherford need to find another goalie?

2) Is this the season for defenseman Derrick Pouliot to break out on the blue line?

3) How much does Johnston tinker with Phil Kessel’s line assignment? If it is working with Crosby, does Malkin have a chance to skate with him?

The training camp roster and the preseason schedule are listed below.

DEFENSEMEN (17):

Niclas Andersen – #38 – 6-1 – 207
Adam Clendening – #2 – 6-0 – 190
Ian Cole – #28 – 6-1 – 219
Brian Dumoulin – #8 – 6-4 – 207
Tim Erixon -#44 – 6-2 – 200
Barry Goers – #53 – 5-9 – 175
Sergei Gonchar – #55 – 6-2 – 210
Kris Letang – #58 – 6-0 – 201
Ben Lovejoy – #12 – 6-1 – 206
Olli Maatta – #3 – 6-2 – 206
Reid McNeill – #33 – 6-4 – 215
Steve Oleksy – #65 – 6-0 – 190
Will O’Neill – #27 – D – 6-1 – 190
Derrick Pouliot – #51 – 6-0 – 208
Harrison Ruopp – #32 – 6-3 – 192
Rob Scuderi – #4 – 6-1 – 212
David Warsofsky – #5 – 5-9 – 170

FORWARDS (32):

Josh Archibald – #45 – RW – 5-10 – 176
Beau Bennett – #19 – RW – 6-2 – 195
Tyler Biggs – #42 – RW – 6-2 – 221
Nick Bonino – #13 – C – 6-1 – 196
Sidney Crosby – #87 – C – 5-11 – 200
Matt Cullen – #7 – C – 6-1 – 200
Jean-Sebastien Dea – #39 – C – 5-11 – 175
Pascal Dupuis – #9 – RW – 6-1 – 205
Bobby Farnham – #24 – RW – 5-10 – 188
Eric Fehr – #16 – C – 6-4 – 212
Patric Hornqvist – #72 – RW – 5-11 – 189
Phil Kessel – #81 – RW – 6-0 – 202
Tom Kostopoulos – #59 – C – 6-0 – 197
Tom Kuhnhackl – #34 – RW – 6-2 – 196
Chris Kunitz – #14 – LW – 6-0 – 195
Jaden Lindo – #52 – RW – 6-2 – 211
Evgeni Malkin – #71 – C – 6-3 – 195
Matia Marcantuoni – #36 – RW – 6-0 – 200
Kael Mouillierat – #22 – 22 – LW – 6-0 – 188
David Perron – #57 – LW – 6-0 – 200
Sergei Plotnikov – #61 – LW – 6-2 – 202
Kevin Porter – #11 – C – 5-11 – 191
Carter Rowney – #54 – RW – 6-2 – 208
Bryan Rust – #17 – RW – 5-11 – 192
Conor Sheary – #43 – LW – 5-9 – 175
Tom Sestito – #47 – LW – 6-5 – 228
Dominik Simon – #49 – C – 5-11 – 176
Daniel Sprong – #41 – RW – 6-0 – 180
Oskar Sundqvist – #40 – C – 6-3 – 209
Dominik Uher – #46 – C – 6-0 – 202
Scott Wilson – #23 – LW – 5-11 – 183
Anton Zlobin – #48 – LW – 5-11 – 209

GOALTENDERS (4):

Marc-Andre Fleury – #29 – 6-2 – 180
Tristan Jarry – #35 – 6-2 – 194
Matt Murray – #30 – 6-4 – 178
Jeff Zatkoff – #37 – 6-2 – 179

PENGUINS 2015 PRESEASON SCHEDULE:

Monday, Sept. 21 – At Columbus – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 – CAROLINA – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24 – At Detroit – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 – COLUMBUS – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28 – At Montreal (in Quebec City) – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 29 – TAMPA BAY (in Johnstown, PA) – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30 – DETROIT – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2 – At Carolina – 7:00 p.m.

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