Penguins Notebook: Prospect camp moves to Consol Energy Center
July 6, 2011 4:00 AM
Penguins defenseman Simon Despres will take part in the team's prospect development camp next week.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With the move to Consol Energy Center last season, the Penguins' annual summer development camp comes with an added feature -- a scrimmage at the new arena open to the public.
The camp begins Monday and concludes with a 3 p.m. scrimmage July 16. Admission to the scrimmage will be free. In past years, dry-land workouts and seminars were at the Civic Arena with on-ice activities at Southpointe.
The two biggest names among the prospects are winger Eric Tangradi and defenseman Simon Despres, who have a shot at making the NHL roster for 2011-12.
Despres, the Penguins' first-round draft pick in '09, will be joined by '10 first-rounder Beau Bennett, a forward, and defenseman Joseph Morrow, drafted 23rd overall last month.
Other scheduled attendees are forwards Josh Archibald, Brian Gibbons, Tom Kuhnhackl, Nick Petersen, Bryan Rust, Zack Sill, Paul Thompson, Dominik Uher, Keven Veilleux and Scott Wilson; defensemen Nicholas D'Agostino, Alex Grant, Scott Harrington, Reid McNeill, Joe Rogalski, Philip Samuelsson and Alex Velischek, and goaltender Patrick Killeen.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes, his assistant Alain Nasreddine, Penguins assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald, Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche, new Penguins player development coach Bill Guerin, Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar and Wilkes-Barre strength and conditioning coach Joe Lorincz will serve as camp instructors.
Goaltender Brad Thiessen re-signed with the organization, taking a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level.
Thiessen, 25, dominated the American Hockey League last season and won the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Award (named after the Penguins former general manager) as the league's top goalie, going 35-8-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.
He set Wilkes-Barre/Scranton records for wins and shutouts (seven). The undrafted Thiessen signed with the Penguins in April 2009 after playing three seasons at Northeastern, where he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.
Another defenseman in mix
The Penguins signed free-agent defenseman Alexandre Picard to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level.
Picard, who turned 26 Tuesday, has played in 236 NHL games for five teams, including 43 last season with Montreal. He has 19 career goals, 65 points.