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PensBurgh: Trying to decipher Jim Rutherford's offseason messages
It is still early, but it has been a mostly quiet offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins when it comes to the roster and team personnel. Other than trading Olli Maatta for Dominik Kahun, everyone else on the roster is still right where they were this past season.
When it comes to speculation and rumors, the offseason has been complete madness and it started almost as soon as the Penguins were done shaking the New York Islanders' hands at center ice of PPG Paints Arena.
General manager Jim Rutherford was once again critical of the players for not coming together as a team the way he wanted them to, while once again suggesting some players had become a little too comfortable and that changes would be necessary.
DK Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins announce development camp roster
The Penguins have invited 41 players to this summer's prospect development camp, to be held June 26-28 at the Lemieux Complex.
The roster consists of 22 forwards, 14 defensemen, and five goaltenders. 15 of the 41 players are Penguins draft picks, including all five players selected by the Penguins in the 2019 draft, and top prospects defenseman Calen Addison, and forward Filip Hallander.
Forwards Jordy Bellerive and Jake Lucchini and goaltenders Alex D'Orio and Emil Larmi, who were all undrafted and signed to NHL contracts by the Penguins, will be in attendance.
DK Pittsburgh Sports: Primer: How does NHL-CHL transfer agreement affect prospects?
The Penguins drafted two prospects out of the QMJHL -- forwards Samuel Poulin and Nathan Legare -- in this year's draft. They have one other prospect still playing major junior hockey in Canada, with defenseman Calen Addison in the WHL.
The Canadian Hockey League, or CHL, is the organization that oversees the QMJHL, WHL, and OHL junior leagues. What can the CHL's transfer agreement with the NHL tell us about the paths those players will take?
WHAT IS THE CHL-NHL TRANSFER AGREEMENT?
For an NHL draft prospect to leave the QMJHL, WHL, or OHL to play minor-league hockey, he must be 20 years old (by Dec.
DK Pittsburgh Sports: D'Orio weighs in on Legare, Poulin
The Penguins drafted two QMJHL players -- power forwards Samuel Poulin and Nathan Legare -- with their first two selections of the 2019 NHL draft in Vancouver.
Those are two pretty familiar names for Penguins goaltending prospect Alex D'Orio, who played both with and against Legare, and against Poulin, during his time in the QMJHL.
D'Orio played for the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs for two and half seasons from 2016-19, and was traded to Legare's team, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, this past January.
Started from the #NHLCombine, now we here. https://t.co/gPyv5ddSgf
My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Rumors: The Pittsburgh Penguins May Still Make A Couple Changes But Pressure To Do So Has Lessened
Josh Yohe of The Athletic: The Pittsburgh Penguins window remains open, but GM Jim Rutherford knows they need to make some changes.
What was learned over the weekend?
1. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin appear to be staying put
2. The trade market died over the weekend - the Penguins don't have a lot assets or cap space, especially with the cap ceiling lower than expected.
3. Rutherford's direction has changed - They'd like to make a couple more trades, and could still make them, but it may not be a player like Phil Kessel.
PensBurgh: NHL Draft Recap: A complete look at the Penguins' newest draft class
For the first time in a long, long time, the Penguins had a first-round draft pick that they didn't trade away. And by the end of the day on Saturday, June 22, Pittsburgh added four forwards and one defenseman to their thin prospect pool.
The biggest takeaway from the draft was the apparent shift toward bigger-bodied players. The first pick, Poulin, stands at 6-1, 206 pounds. Legare goes 6-0, 205. Caulfield was the biggest player at 6-4, 204. The final two picks, both Puustinen and Airola are both below 6-foot and under 190 pounds.
Was this draft strategy a reaction to the St.
PensBurgh: 2019 NHL Draft: Penguins trade up to select Nathan Legare in third round
The Penguins moved up to pick #74 to make their second selection of the 2019 NHL Draft due to various trades. The team took left wing Samuel Polin in the first round on Friday night, and in the fourth round they shifted gears to make a move and go up.
To Pittsburgh #Penguins:
2019 3rd RD pick No. 74 (CHI)
To Arizona #Coyotes:
2019 4th RD pick No. 98 (BUF)
2019 5th RD pick No. 151 (TBL)
2019 7th RD pick No.
PenguinPoop: Penguins Draft: Day 1
If you are a regular reader here, you will note that among my areas of concern for our Pittsburgh Penguins has been their lack of natural Wingers and bigger bodies. Well, maybe GM Jim Rutherford has had similar musings. Yesterday, rather than wasting the team's first round pick on an ill-advised trade, Rutherford plucked Samuel Poulin from the Entry Draft tree. Fellow Penguin Poop writer Rick Buker and frequent comment contributor Mike should be pleased.<strong>Samuel Poulin's Profile</strong>
Date of Birth: Feb 25 2001 (18 years old)
Place of Birth: Laval QC, Canada
Junior Team: Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJKL)
Height: 6'-2" (74"), Weight: 206lbs
Position: Left Wing (LW), Shoots: Left
Father: Patrick Poulin
Regular Season Team League Season GP G A Pnts PIM +/- Total 122 45 76 121 88 21 Playoffs Sherbrooke QMJHL 2017-18 11 5 1 6 6 -2 Sherbrooke QMJHL 2018-19 10 8 6 14 4 8
Reading the scouting reports on Poulin, there is a lot to get excited about.
PensBurgh: Penguins select RW Judd Caulfield in fifth round of 2019 NHL Draft
As the 2019 NHL Draft rolls around, the Pittsburgh Penguins stepped to the podium for only the third time at the 145th overall pick. Earlier in the weekend they have nabbed a couple of heftier (and fairly good hands players) in forwards Samuel Poulin (21st overall) and Nathan Legare (74th overall).
In the past the fifth round has been home to the Pens' overage drafting strategy, but they departed from that in a big way by going with the recently turned 18-year old winger Judd Caulfield from the uber-successful US National Development team. Caulfield in fact was the eye-popping 15th player from that team drafted, which is certainly shaping up to be one of the most memorable and important young squads that hockey has ever seen.
DK Pittsburgh Sports: Kovacevic: Why the Penguins are right to prioritize personality
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It's been three decades since the Canadiens won raised most recent Stanley Cup, and it's been nearly as long since the Nordiques bid au revoir to Quebec. Any yet, there remains something uniquely hockey-cool about hockey talk with even a trace of French.
I could easily be referring to the Penguins topping off their 2019 NHL Draft class with two French-Canadian power forwards, Samuel Poulin and Nathan Legare. Or even just when Legare responded to a French question about his new employers by rattling off the names, "Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr .
DK Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins select forward Puukstinen in seventh round
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Penguins' final selection of the draft was Finnish left wing Valtteri Puukstinen, selected in the seventh round.
Puukstinen, 20, made his professional debut last season with HPK in the top Finnish men's league, playing alongside Penguins prospects Niclas Almari and Emil Larmi. Puukstinen recorded 10 goals and three assists in 47 regular season games, and two goals and three assists in 16 playoff games as HPK won the Liiga championship.
Puukstinen is 5-feet-9 and 180 pounds.
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DK Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins draft Finnish defenseman Airola with final pick
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Penguins' final pick of the 2019 NHL Draft was Finnish defenseman Santeri Airola, selected in the seventh round on Saturday.
The Penguins acquired the pick used to select Airola (No. 211 overall) from the Sharks in exchange for the Penguins' seventh-round draft pick in 2020.
Airola, who turns 19 next week, was ranked the No. 130 European skater by Central Scouting.
Airola primarily played for SaiPa's U20 team in the Jr. A SM-liiga last season, recording four goals, 27 assists, and a plus-1 rating in 41 games.
Caulfield on being drafted: Its unbelievable. Ive dreamt of this my whole life. https://t.co/YuVEeMGxZx
PensBurgh: Seventh round excitement: Pittsburgh Penguins add RW Valtteri Puustinen and D Santeri Airola
The Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their player picking in the 2019 draft with a bit of excitement. First, with the 203rd overall pick in the seventh round of the 2019 draft. The Pens selected Finnish over-age winger Valtteri Puustinen.
#Penguins draftee Valtteri Puustinen comes from the same club, #HPK, as recent signings Emil Larmi and Niclas Almari. Also another recent signing Oula Palve played for HPK previously. There seems to be a working route between Hameenlinna and Pittsburgh right now. #2019NHLDraft-- Miika Arponen (@MiikaArponen) June 22, 2019
The over-age trend continues!