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Mike Sullivan Explains Decision-Making Process for Camp Battles (+)



Matt Nieto, Noel Acciari, Jeff Carter, Pittsburgh Penguins fourth line 9/23/23

CRANBERRY  — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan took the briefest moment to ponder the question from Pittsburgh Hockey Now, which deviated from the training camp battles but went instead to Sullivan’s decision-making process for those battles to be in the Penguins lineup.

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

“When you study human nature, first impressions are important, right,” Sullivan asked rhetorically.

First impressions measured against past performance and expectations. How will Sullivan and the decision-makers attack the handful of decisions that will shape the Penguins’ lines?

The Penguins have about a dozen forwards who could fill a third or fourth-line role, yet only four will stick around, and the fourth line seems set with the obvious choices: Matt Nieto, Noel Acciari, and Jeff Carter.

But Sullivan made a point to say others would get opportunities and how the organization will make those decisions.

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