Ever since he was hired in February of 2021, Penguin general manager Ron Hextall has had a stated goal of refilling the Penguin’s shallow pool of prospects.
It might be a little early to do cannonballs in that pool. After all, it’s only about ankle-deep. But after turning on the water by Hextol it starts to fill up a bit.
Blessed with a first-round pick in this summer’s draft — something that for the past 15 years with this franchise was more of a fictional concept than an actual tangible asset — as well as an aggressive approach to free agents, Penguin has few — not many — possibilities that offer legitimate intrigue.
Hextall and company will take a closer look at those prospects over the next few days as they stage a rookie camp ahead of the club’s training camp.
Here’s a look at the 13 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders who will take part in the rookie camp starting Thursday.
Corey Andonowski, right winger (6-foot-1, 194 pounds)
Scouting Report: The unapologetic Andonowski is in the first year of a two-year entry-level contract. … last season Princeton scored with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 31 games. … After signing with the Penguins in March, the 23-year-old appeared in five American Hockey League (AHL) games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an amateur tryout (ATO) contract and did not record a point.
Ravis Ansons, left winger (6-foot-1, 191 pounds)
Scouting Report: A fifth-round pick (number 149 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft, Anson signed a three-year entry-level contract in May. … The 20-year-old defensive forward helped lead the St. John Sea Dogs to the Memorial Cup championship last season as Canada’s top junior team. … In 56 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) games last season, the left-handed Latvian had 60 points (18 goals, 42 assists).
Jordan Frasca, center (6-foot-2, 183 pounds)
Scouting Report: Not drafted, Frasca is entering the first year of a three-year entry-level contract he signed in March. … left-handed shot, 21-year-old Frasca scored career numbers with Kingston Frontenac of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season, posting 87 points (42 goals, 45 assists) in 61 games as an older . ,
Ty Glover, left winger (6-foot-3, 201 pounds)
Scouting reported: The untrained Glover signed with the Penguins in March, entering the first year of a three-year entry-level contract. … A native of the United Kingdom, Glover, 21, appeared in 39 NCAA games with Western Michigan last season and scored 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists). … The left-hander also joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an ATO contract last season and played two games without a point.
Jonathan Gruden, left winger (6-foot, 172 pounds)
Scouting Report: The son of Boston Bruins assistant coach John Gruden, Jonathan Gruden is entering the final year of a three-year entry-level contract. … Received in a 2020 trade that sent Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray, 22-year-old Gruden, appeared in 75 games (out of a possible 76) and 27 points to lead the team for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season Scored (10 goals). 17 help).
Philip Hollander, left winger (6-foot-1, 190 pounds)
Scouting Report: A second-round pick in 2018 (number 58 overall), Hollander, 22, is considered one of the organization’s top prospects, albeit in a shallow pool of candidates. …a Swedish native, Hollander made his North American debut last season. … Primarily based with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2021–22, Hollander appeared in 61 AHL games last season and had 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists). … The 22-year-old also appeared in one NHL game and did not record a point.
Sam Houde, center (6-foot, 172 pounds)
Scouting Report: Signed to an AHL contract, 22-year-old Howe split the 2021–22 campaign between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the ECHL’s Wheeling Naylors. … In 19 AHL games, the left-hander had six points (one goal, five assists). … with Wheeling, Howe played 31 games and posted 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists).
Brooklyn Kalmikov, left winger (6-foot, 174 pounds)
Scouting Report: A native of St John’s Newfoundland, 21-year-old Kalmikov is entering his first professional season since signing an AHL contract in May. … After helping the Victoriaville Tigress to claim the 2020-21 Presidents’ Trophy as QMJHL champions, Kalmikov split the 2021-22 campaign between the Victoriaville and Moncton Wildcats. … Last season, the left-hander posted 76 points (38 goals, 38 assists) in 62 games.
Nathan Legare, right winger (6-foot, 205 pounds)
Scouting Report: A third-round pick in 2019 (number 74 overall), Legare made his professional debut last season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. … Participating in 57 AHL games, the 21-year-old scored 16 points (seven goals, nine assists). … After having a healthy scratch in 14 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s final 38 regular season games, Legare was scratched for four of the team’s six postseason competitions. … a right-handed shot, Legare is entering the second year of a three-year entry-level contract.
Kyle Olsen, right winger (5-foot-11, 179 pounds)
Scouting Report: A fourth-round pick (122 overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in 2017, Olsson never signed with that franchise and joined the Penguins in 2020 by signing an AHL contract… with Wilkes-Barre, 23. re-signed. /Scranton in July. … Last season, the right-handed batsman appeared in 71 AHL games and scored 21 points (12 goals, nine assists).
Sam Palin, left winger (6-foot-1, 208 pounds)
Scouting Report: The 21st overall pick in the 2019 draft, Pollin, a left-hander, is one of only two first-rounders in this camp. … Making his professional debut last season, the 22-year-old appeared in 72 AHL games and scored 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists). … The son of former NHL forward Patrick Polin, Sam Palin is in the second year of a three-year entry-level contract.
Valtteri Pustinen, right winger (5-foot-9, 183 pounds)
Scouting Report: A seventh-round pick in 2019 (number 203 overall), the Finn made his North American debut last season. … based primarily with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 23-year-old Poustine appeared in 73 AHL games and scored a team-best 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists). … The right-handed shot also appeared in an NHL game last season and recorded an assist. … entering the final year of a two-year entry-level contract.
Lukas Svejkowski, right winger (5-foot-10, 165 pounds)
Scouting Report: The son of former NHL forward Jaroslav “Yogi” Szejkowski, Lukas Svejkowski was a fourth-round pick (number 108) in 2020 and is entering the first year of a three-year entry-level contract he signed in April. … the 20-year-old split the 2021-22 season with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL). … In 57 WHL games, the right-hander had 76 points (35 goals, 41 assists).
Isaac Bellevue (6-foot-2, 185 pounds)
Scouting Report: A left-handed shot, 19-year-old Bellevue was a fifth-round pick (number 154 overall) in 2021. … In the 67 QMJHL games with the Gatineau Olympics last season, Bellevue had 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists).
Nolan Collins (6-foot-3, 194 pounds)
Scouting Report: A sixth-round pick in this year’s draft (167 overall), 18-year-old Collins made his OHL debut with the Sudbury Wolves last season. … In 65 OHL games, the right-handed shot posted 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and 56 penalty minutes.
Clay Hanus (5-foot-10, 168 pounds)
Scouting Report: Signing an AHL contract in July, the 21-year-old is set to make his professional debut next season. … a left-handed shot, Hanus played for former Penguins head coach Mike Johnston with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks for most of the last five seasons. … While serving as Portland’s captain last season, Hanus appeared in 68 games and scored a career-best 74 points (18 goals, 56 assists).
Josh Maniscalco (6-foot-2, 205 pounds)
Scouting Report: Based out of the state of Arizona, Maniscalco is entering the final year of a three-year entry-level contract it signed in 2020. … a native of Perkiomenville in eastern Pennsylvania, the 23-year-old spent most of the 2021-22 season with. Nailers. … In 64 ECHL games, the right-hander posted 53 points (17 goals, 36 assists). … also participated in two AHL competitions without any points.
Ryan McCleary (6-foot-2, 180 pounds)
Scouting Report: A seventh-round pick in 2021 (number 194 overall), right-handed McCleary is the son of former NHL forward Trent McCleary. … In 2021-22, the 19-year-old McCleary appeared in 63 games for Portland and scored 30 points (six goals, 24 assists).
Chris Ortiz (5-foot-11, 172 pounds)
Scouting Report: Signed to an AHL contract, the undefeated Ortiz made his professional debut last season and spent most of the campaign with the Naylors. … In 54 ECHL games, the 21-year-old Ortiz had 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists). … The left-hander also appeared in eight games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and recorded two points (one goal, one assist).
Owen Pickering (6-foot-4, 180 pounds)
Scouting Report: The franchise’s first-round selection in this year’s draft (number 21 overall), 18-year-old Pickering signed a three-year entry-level contract in July. … still eligible to return to junior level, Pickering’s contract could slide for two more seasons. … with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos last season, the left-hander appeared in 62 games and scored 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists).
Jack St. Ivanie (6-foot-3, 201 pounds)
Scouting Report: The Philadelphia Flyers’ fourth-round pick (112 overall) in 2018 — then, under the direction of current Penguins general manager Ron Hextall — never signed with that franchise and agreed to a two-year entry-level contract. with Penguin after becoming an unrestricted free agent in August. … right-handed shot, the 23-year-old, appeared in 34 NCAA games last season with Boston College and scored 24 points (four goals, 20 assists).
Colin Swayer (6-foot, 185 pounds)
Scouting Report: Not drafted, Swyer is entering into a one-year entry-level contract he signed in March. … as a senior last season with Michigan Tech, the right-hander appeared in 36 NCAA games and scored 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). … The 24-year-old joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an ATO contract at the end of last season and appeared in five games without a point.
Taylor Gauthier (6-foot-2, 207 pounds)
Scouting Report: A “silly cider” (ie a right-grip goaltender), the no-draft Gauthier is entering the first year of a three-year entry-level contract he signed in March. … Splitting the 2021-22 season between the Prince George Cougars and Portland, the 21-year-old Gauthier appeared in 42 WHL games and had a 31-9-1 record, averaging 2.34 goals, .928 save percentage and four Shutout.
Philip Lindbergh (6-foot, 180 pounds)
Scouting Report: Entering the final year of a two-year entry-level contract, Lindbergh is trying to recover from an ankle injury that wiped out most of his first professional season during the 2021-22 campaign. … After appearing in seven AHL games and posting a 4–2–0 record, 2.76 goals above average and a .915 saving percentage, Finnish-born Lindbergh’s season ended in November due to his injury. … a seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2019 (197 overall), left-catching Lindbergh never signed with that franchise before agreeing to a contract with the Penguins in 2021.
Tommy Napier (6-foot-3, 220 pounds)
Scouting Report: Napier, who moved out of Ohio State, has spent parts of the past two seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. … The 24-year-old was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s most regularly used goalscorer in 2021–22. … Appearing in 25 AHL games, left catcher Napier had a 13-10-2 record, averaging 2.87 goals, a .897 percent save and one shutout. … The St. Louis native also played in seven ECHL games with the Naylors last season, posting a 3-4-0 record, 3.39 goals above average and a .893 save percentage. … signed an AHL contract.
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