Last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp was nearly a humbling debacle. The lack of talent created an opening for older college players hoping to snag a professional tryout in the AHL or ECHL. They were the stars of the show. The Penguins did not have many talented players in waiting and what little talent they had were not ready.
2019 was different…much different.
The Penguins clearly made a point to address the issue. With a deep draft and beating the bushes in Finland, the Penguins’ prospect pool made significant strides forward from their mud puddle shallow place last season.
Last summer, Calen Addison was a too skinny 18-year-old, Jordy Bellerive was not 100% with his hands or his skating–and the Penguins brain trust noticed. Beyond those two players were a cavalcade of hopefuls and mid-round picks. A couple of players caught on in the AHL such as Sam Miletic and Linus Ohlund but not enough. Not nearly enough.
Penguins and WBS Penguins fans may be seeing more than a couple of these players, soon.