The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly set to open their 2013 training camp next Wednesday, September 11th – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
By the way, for those who have asked, Pens open camp on Sept. 11, which is next Wednesday. First exhibition game Sept. 15 in Columbus.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) September 4, 2013
Although it is unclear at this time where they’ll play, we can assume that they will practice at the CONSOL Energy Center.
This year, they’ll have a number of new faces. Skaters Chris Conner, Matt D’Agostini, Nick Drazenovic, Andrew Ebbett, Brendan Mikkelson, and Harry Zolnierczyk were all free agent acquistions and are looking to impress the coaching staff.
There will be a handful of rookies looking to sway the Pens to keep them as well. They include forwards Bobby Farnham, Brian Gibbons, Tom Kuhnackl, Jayson Megna, Adam Payerl, Zach Sill, Paul Thompson, Dominik Uher, and Anton Zlobin.
The young defenseman trying out will be Nicholas D’Agostino, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, Olli Maatta, Reid McNeill, Derrick Pouliot, Harrison Ruopp, and Philip Samuelsson.
Goaltenders competing to stay on the roster will most likely be Eric Hartzell and Jeff Zatkoff. Hartzell was the 2012-13 USA Hockey College Player of the Year, and Zatkoff had the lowest goals-against-average in the AHL last season (1.93).
Hockey is in the air Pens’ fans!