Pittsburgh Penguins training camp begins on Thursday morning at the UPMC Lemieux Complex. All players are present and accounted for, including Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin, who signed long-term contracts before NHL free agency. Letang signed for six years, and Malkin put his name on a four-year contract. Rickard Rakell, Bryan Rust, Danton Heinen, and Kasperi Kapanen also re-signed, meaning nearly all of the Penguins’ top-nine forwards from last season will return.
The only regular NHL forwards not to return are Evan Rodrigues and fourth-liner Brian Boyle.
The Penguins will split training camp into three squads. While the organization has not yet released the rosters of the three teams, two will practice simultaneously each morning beginning at 9 a.m., then scrimmage from 10-10:45 a.m.
The third squad will practice from 11:40 to 12:30, then participate in conditioning drills until 1:30. The practices and scrimmages are open to the public.
That schedule will repeat Thursday through Saturday. On Sunday, the Penguins have split-squad preseason games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They will face them at 1 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena and 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.
PHN will cover both games. Dave Molinari will cover the Sunday afternoon game. Dan Kingerski will cover the evening game, likely to feature more prospects and AHL players.
The team has the day off on Monday before returning to their preseason schedule on Tuesday with a game vs. the Detroit Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena.
Training Camp Reading:
Dan Kingerski: Five players on the bubble for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Directions to UPMC Lemieux Complex:
8000 Cranberry Springs Dr.
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Traveling north from Pittsburgh. I-279 to I-79. Take exit 78 (228 E). Use the right lane to take the Cranberry Springs exit, which veers directly from the I-79 off-ramp. It is no longer necessary to merge onto 228 E and cross four lanes of traffic.
Traveling south on I-79, take the 228 E. Exit.
Pittsburgh Penguins Training Camp Roster
Notable Draft Picks & Prospects:: 2019 first-round pick Sam Poulin (#22), 2019 third-round pick Nathan Legare (#34). 2022 first-round pick Owen Pickering’s status is unknown. He suffered an upper-body injury and did not participate in prospects camp this week.
Defenseman Jack St. Ivany (#37) was a former Flyers draft pick but signed as a free agent with the Penguins after completing his collegiate career at Boston College. Goaltender Filip Lindberg (#31) appears to have some promise. Corey Andonovski (#27) is another college-free agent who signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He completed three seasons at Princeton.
Subtractions from last season: Defensemen — John Marino (traded to New Jersey in Ty Smith deal), Mike Matheson (traded to Montreal in Jeff Petry deal). Evan Rodrigues (signed with Colorado). Brian Boyle (unsigned).
Printable: 2022 Training Camp Roster