Penguins notebook: First-round pick Kapanen practices, excited to join team
Right wing Kasperi Kapanen is only 17 but looked quite comfortable in his first day on the Consol Energy Center ice.
The Penguins' recent first-round draft pick joined teammates in drills during the first day of prospect development camp and said he felt fairly calm throughout, even though it was an eye-opening day.
“Being in this locker room,” he said, “seeing all the people here, putting on that Penguins uniform — it's starting to hit me now. But it's good.”
Kapanen, whose father, Sami, played parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with the Hartford/Carolina franchise and the Flyers, might have been impressed with his new surroundings but certainly wasn't in awe.
He tweeted a picture of himself in his hotel room one day earlier and was every bit at ease with his new teammates.
“I feel really good right now,” he said, alluding to a lack of nerves. “The legs felt bad, but it will come later in the week. I was just happy to be on the ice.”
Kapanen was a standout performer in the opening day of prospect development camp, his unique skating strides sticking out during many rushes.
General manager Jim Rutherford believes Kapanen can contend for a roster spot in training camp.
“The coaches are really great people here,” Kapanen said. “I think we have a great coaching staff. I'm excited. I'm just trying to be a sponge right now.”
• Defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who will be given an opportunity to make the Penguins' roster in training camp, was a standout during the opening day of development camp. He said his goal “absolutely” is to make the Penguins' roster this fall.
• Penguins coach Mike Johnston, along with assistants Rick Tocchet and Gary Agnew, were present for on-ice drills Tuesday.
— Josh Yohe
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Hockey hypocrites, unite
- Penguins veteran defenseman Scuderi’s game looking up
- Penguins notebook: Bennett close to returning
- Penguins notebook: Jagr still an impact player in 23rd season
- Penguins assistant coach Tocchet marvels at Maatta’s demeanor
- Penguins’ Crosby OK with Neal comments about trade
- Predators GM Poile: Penguins’ firing of Shero not fair
- Penguins overcome early deficit with scoring onslaught, beat Devils, 8-3
- Penguins’ defenseman Maatta confident of full recovery
- Penguins notebook: Carcillo has no hard feelings after failing to make roster
- Maatta had been back in groove after offseason surgery