Penguins notebook: Top draft pick Tristan Jarry absorbs painful shot at camp


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Goaltender Tristan Jarry, the Penguins' top pick in the recent draft, had some discomfort Friday after taking a shot in the first of two practice sessions at development camp at Consol Energy Center.

"He got popped pretty good on the collarbone," assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald said. "But he's OK. He's going to be fine."

Jarry signaled for fellow goaltender Eric Hartzell to relieve him after he got hurt. He did not leave the ice, but he did not return with the other three goalies for the second practice.

"I'm sure he's going to put a protector on now, protecting his collarbone," Fitzgerald said.

Jarry, 18, was selected by the Penguins in the second round, 44th overall. His status for the scrimmage today is unknown.

Ready for scrimmage today

The scrimmage, open to the public, marks the end of development camp. It begins at 3 p.m. at Consol Energy Center. Admission and parking are free.

Fitzgerald said he and other camp organizers specifically wanted a lot of players in camp so that each team can have 10 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.

"We really look forward to [today], thinking that with the numbers, the intensity and the pace should be very high," he said.

The scrimmage won't be overly controlled. There will be penalty shots instead of power plays since special teams weren't covered in practice. Although several players have at least some chance to get a sniff of the NHL this season, their performance today -- and this week --will not make or break that chance.

"They can make an impression; they're not making our team in July," Fitzgerald said. "The summer's only halfway over.

"They still have more training to do."

Crosby in familiar routine

Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who participated in the playoffs despite a surgically repaired broken jaw, has had several upper and lower teeth replaced and is training as usual this summer.

"I feel really good," Crosby said. "It's actually a short offseason this year with everything being pushed back because of the lockout. I'm trying to make the most of the summer and get ready for next season."

Another defenseman in fold

The Penguins signed defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level. Mikkelson, 26, is 6 feet 3, 210 pounds and has split his career between the NHL and the minors. He had an assist in four games with Tampa Bay this past season, but spent more time with Syracuse of the AHL.

With the Crunch, he had two assists in 14 regular-season games and two goals in 13 playoff games. He started the season with Vasteras in Sweden, getting three goals, seven points in 17 games. He was drafted by Anaheim in the second round in 2005. In 131 NHL games, he has one goal, nine assists and 59 penalty minutes.

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For much more on the Penguins, read the Pens Plus blog with Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly. First Published July 20, 2013 4:00 AM


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