The Pittsburgh Penguins have added more free agents to the organization, not all will make it to the opening night roster, but the added depth will be nice to have in Wilkes Barre.
To test the waters and see where the prospects and free agents might fit in, the Penguins will also hold their development camp between the 10th to the 14th of July, concluding with a scrimmage that will be open to the public on July 14th at 3pm at the Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins have added Forward Philippe Dupuis from the The Toronto Maple Leafs. He played on the Toronto AHL Calder Cup final team and scored 14 points in 17 games. 14 points was good for third best in the AHL during the Calder Cup playoffs. He was a valuable two-way player for the Maple Leafs organization last year splitting time between the big and little blue.
The Penguins also added forward Trevor Smith from Tampa Bay. Another notable that split time between the AHL and NHL last year, the Penguins are hoping for some offensive talent to help grow prospects in the AHL. The Penguins needed to add some offensive prowess to the organization depth that was built around defense, but nothing to fill the ranks of a parent club built on offense.
As far as the developmental camp, 34 players were invited. The list roster of invitees is listed HERE. Among the players that were invited, Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta will be there. Both were first round picks for Penguins this season so it will be interesting to watch them after four days of practice and scrimmage.
Defenseman Simon Despres will also be there, as he split time between both the big club Wilkes Barre this past season. Last season the Pens development camp scrimmage was a success with some 5000 fans in attendance. The organization is looking for at least that many again this year.