Penguins Notebook: Costs, logistics keep Samuelsson away -- again


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Defenseman Philip Samuelsson, a Penguins second-round draft pick in 2009 and son of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, is sitting out prospects camp, apparently because of the cost and logistics involved with traveling from his offseason home in Sweden.

Samuelsson missed the team's 2009 summer camp for the same reason.

Carl Sneep, a 2006 second-round draft pick by the Penguins, is in camp and offered a scouting report on Samuelsson. They were teammates and sometimes defensive mates during an NCAA championship season at Boston College in 2009-10. Sneep was a senior, Samuelsson a freshman.

"He had a really good freshman year," Sneep said. "I played with him a lot. We started a lot of games together at the end of the season.

"He's a really solid defensive defenseman, and he's got a ton of potential. As a freshman, he was going out there against the other team's top line almost every night, but he had a lot of success."

Samuelsson, who turns 19 later this month, had a goal and 13 assists in 42 games. Because he plans to continue his college career, NCAA rules mandate that he would have had to pay his way to attend the camp.

Dentist with a bite

This camp is mostly about teaching, honing, improving, developing relationships, but Mattias Modig got yelled at.

Not by a coach, but by a team dentist.

Modig is a Swedish goaltender the Penguins got from Anaheim in a June trade for a sixth-round pick in the recent draft.

When he arrived for his dental review, he had a container of something similar to snuff that he said is popular among Swedish players. Although his English is good, Modig had a hard time explaining exactly what the substance is. He said it's placed in the mouth but is not chewing tobacco and doesn't require spitting.

It decidedly did not get the dentist's approval.

Modig is not skating during camp as a precaution because of a recent knee problem.

Importance of being bigger

On the first day of camp, Tuesday, 2010 first-round pick Beau Bennett seemed a bit nervous halfway through the testing that prospects went through at the UPMC sports complex on the South Side. He was more relaxed Wednesday.

"I did well on some of the tests, and on some of the tests I was just average," he said. "All in all, it was a successful day. I maxed out on a couple of the drills, which is a positive thing. It made me feel a little better."

Bennett, a 6-foot-1 winger, has talked mostly about getting bigger and stronger. Although he is listed at 173 pounds, he said he has climbed to 185 since starting his summer workouts.

"You look up to bigger and stronger guys who have been here and done it before, and you want to strive to be like them someday and be in their shoes someday," he said.

Tip-ins

The prospects have the day off from practice today but will spend time on team-building activities, which are expected to include a game of paintball and a scavenger hunt around town. They will have two more on-ice sessions at Southpointe, at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ... After watching from the stands the first day, Dan Bylsma, the always energetic Penguins coach, got on the ice Wednesday to help minor league coach Todd Reirden.


For 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 or 412-263-1721


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