Top picks to attend Pens' prospect camp
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Tristan Jarry is ready to impress.
The goaltending prospect will get that chance next week at camp for the Penguins' top prospects.
The annual camp runs from July 16-20, wrapping with a scrimmage that is free and open to the public at Consol Energy Center.
Attending prospects will spend their days meeting with coaches and the medical staff and also practicing. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes and his staff and Penguins development coach Bill Guerin will work with assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald in running the camp.
Prospects to keep an eye on will include:
• Jarry, who was selected in the second round (44th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Scouts liked him so much that general manager Ray Shero moved up — after moving into Round 2 by trading winger Tyler Kennedy to San Jose — to select Jarry, 18, who said he would like to challenge franchise goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for playing time.
He will not do that this season, Shero said at the draft, but this camp will represent Jarry's first chance to work with Penguins coaches.
• Goalie Eric Hartzell, who signed with the Penguins last season after leading Quinnipiac to the NCAA championship contest. Hartzell, 24, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top hockey player.
• Defensemen Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta, first-round picks from the 2012 entry draft at Consol Energy Center. Pouliot, 19, was selected eighth overall, a pick acquired from Carolina in exchange for center Jordan Staal. He is considered the Penguins' top overall prospect. Maatta, 18, is a close second, and many NHL scouts believe he projects as a top-pairing defenseman. Maatta was the 22nd overall pick in 2012.
• Also a part of the Staal trade to Carolina, defenseman Brian Dumoulin is a candidate to play in the NHL this season. Dumoulin, 21, will get a legitimate look at training camp in September because coaches like his size (6-foot-4) and two-way game.
• Scott Harrington, 20, is a defenseman who Penguins scouts believe compares favorably to Rob Scuderi, who recently signed a four-year contract worth $15 million to return to the organization after a four-year absence. Harrington was a second-round pick (54th) at the 2011 Entry Draft.
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.
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