Player News - Penguins

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Daniel Sprong picked up an assist during Tuesday's 3-2 preseason loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Sprong has built off a strong camp so far and picked up a primary assist on Juuso Riikola's third period goal. Sprong showed he could put the puck in the net in the AHL last season, netting 32 goals in 65 games and could be given a golden opportunity this season playing alongside Sidney Crosby. He's a sneaky good pick at his current 13th round ADP.
Sep 18 - 9:47 PM

If Matt Cullen sticks with the Pittsburgh Penguins, then he will become their oldest player in franchise history in February.

Tim Horton and Gary Roberts were the only other two Penguins players to serve the team at the age of 42. Cullen will celebrate his 42nd birthday on Nov. 2nd and the Penguins' record for their oldest player is 42 years and three months.
Sep 18 - 6:09 AM

Phil Kessel is thrilled that he is back with the Penguins this season.

There were some rumors that Kessel would be dealt but that did not come to fruition as apparently the Penguins may have listened to offers but no one was even close. The fans in Pittsburgh love Kessel who had his best season offensively of his career with 92 points which included 34 goals. Look for Kessel to play alongside Evgeni Malkin and have another big season for the Penguins. He should be drafted in the third or fourth round in traditional pools.
Sep 17 - 8:16 AM

Evgeni Malkin talked about playing with Phil Kessel and Bryan Rust as his linemates on Sunday.

Malkin has opened training camp with Kessel and Zach Auston-Reese on his wings but Malkin enjoyed playing with Reese as the speedy winger opened up more space for Malkin last season. Malkin had a super year last season as he finally managed to play in more than 70 games. It showed in his stats as he had 42 goals and 98 points while missing only four games. Look for a similar season this year if he can remain healthy.
Sep 17 - 8:10 AM

Mike Sullivan will be away from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a few days due to the passing of his father, George.

Sullivan will take some time to be with his family. George Sullivan passed away at the age of 81 years old. We'd like to extend our condolences to the entire Sullivan family. Assistant coach Jacques Martin will fill in while the head coach is away.
Sep 15 - 2:34 PM

Kevin Czuczman (shoulder surgery) missed the start of training camp and he isn't expected to return until December.

Czuczman will probably return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton when he's healthy. In 71 AHL games last season, he recorded four goals and 35 points.
Sep 14 - 2:37 PM

Daniel Sprong skated alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel on the opening day of training camp.

Sprong joined Crosby and Guentzel for drills during the session and the trio remained intact for a team scrimmage as well. Sprong could play up and down the lineup this year, but if he gets a chance to play with Crosby then his fantasy value will get a significant boost.
Sep 14 - 11:00 AM

Riley Sheahan (lower body) was not on the ice for Pittsburgh's first practice of training camp.

Sheahan is dealing with a nagging lower-body injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 14 - 10:54 AM

Derick Brassard did not skate Friday on the first day of training camp because of an illness.

Brassard should be considered day-to-day for now. He had three goals and eight points in 14 games for Pittsburgh last season after he was acquired from Ottawa.
Sep 14 - 10:50 AM

Kris Letang feels much better going into training camp than he did last year when he was coming off neck surgery.

"Like a million times better," said Letang, who is eager to get going. "It's not even close." He appeared in 79 games last campaign and he amassed 51 points. Letang has dealt with plenty of injuries over his career, but if he stays healthy then he is among the best offensive defenders in the league.
Sep 11 - 1:25 PM

Adam Johnson has found the back of the net in back-to-back rookie tournament games.

Unfortunately for Johnson and the Penguins, they ended up losing both games (one to Boston, one to New Jersey). The 24-year-old made his professional debut last season, as he scored 11 goals and 31 points in 70 AHL games. He spent the previous two seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Producing in rookie games is great, but it would be surprising to see him on the Penguins roster this fall.
Sep 9 - 10:00 AM

Jordy Bellerive will be able to participate in a prospects tournament this weekend after recovering from severe burns he sustained on June 15.

Bellerive was in the hospital for 12 days after being caught in a campfire explosion, but he's been cleared to resume playing. "The entire Penguins’ organization is very proud of how hard Jordy has worked rehabbing himself back into game shape," assistant GM Bill Guerin said in a release. "Throughout the summer, Jordy’s recovery was always our top priority. We are all very excited to watch him return to game action with his fellow prospects this weekend in Buffalo." Bellerive had 46 goals and 92 points in 71 WHL games last season.
Sep 5 - 5:10 AM

Casey DeSmith and Tristian Jarry will compete to be Matt Murray's backup goalie this year.

DeSmith finished the year as the backup but only because he's better suited for that role. Jarry has much more long-term upside, so he'll benefit more from playing regularly in the minors instead of sitting on the bench in the NHL. If Murray were to suffer an injury, Jarry would likely take over as the starter.
Sep 2 - 7:05 PM

Jack Johnson is excited to start playing games for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Johnson signed a five-year, $16.25 million contract with the Penguins once free agency opened on July 1st. "I’m really excited about it," Johnson said. "I’m coming to a team that’s been the top team, one of the top teams, for a long time now. You sit in the room here surrounded by great players. I just think on an everyday basis, practice and games, being around great players helps elevate your own game individually." The 31-year-old had three goals and 11 points in 77 games with the Blue Jackets last season. He shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.
Aug 29 - 3:04 PM

NHL.com has ranked Daniel Sprong as Pittsburgh's top prospect.

Sprong, 21, is a former second round pick of the Penguins who picked up 65 points in 65 AHL games last season and has four goals in 26 career NHL games. He's expected to transition into a full-time NHLer this season and has an opportunity to slide into a top-six role either alongside Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby. Sprong could be a fantasy steal and his situation in camp should be closely monitored.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 11:01 AM


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