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PHN Extra: Penguins Camp Helps Fill Bare Prospect Cupboard

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NHL Return Pittsburgh Penguins Practice Facility UPMC Lemieux Complex

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It used to be, the Pittsburgh Penguins would invite a long list of their young prospects to their annual summer development camp, and then fill in the rest of the roster with some undrafted invitees, mostly college players.

Things have changed.

At this year’s camp, which concludes Friday evening with a three-on-three tournament at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the roster is flipped. Of the 38 young players, aged 17 to 23, only 16 are technically Penguins prospects – guys who have been drafted by the club, signed as free agents or acquired by trade.

What happened?

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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