Penguins notebook: Annual development camp scrimmage slated for Saturday
• The annual end of Penguins development camp is the scrimmage, which is open to the publicand free of charge Saturday at Consol Energy Center. Doors open at 2 p.m., with faceoff at 3 p.m. Penguins assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald said the format won't differ much from years past — penalties result in penalty shots, two 30-minute “halves” (running, except for the final five minutes), complete with coaches and referees. “Everything we've built up for this week ends with a fun game,” Fitzgerald said.
• No decision has been made on where forward Oskar Sundqvist will play. A 2012 third-round pick who signed a contract this summer and can play center or wing, Sundqvist has size (6-foot-3) and skills commensurate with future NHL potential. But Fitzgerald calls him “a project” because he just turned 20 and has scant experience at upper levels of hockey. Sundqvist could play another season in the Swedish Hockey League or for the AHL Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
• A third-round pick in 2012, Matt Murray is poised to join the professional ranks. “I'd like to make an impression early and fight for a starting position,” he said. Playing for Sault Ste. Marie last season, Murray tied for the Ontario Hockey League lead in shutouts (six) and was second in wins (32) and third in save percentage (.921). He also played in a game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “I've been trying to act like a pro since I was 14 years old playing minor hockey,” Murray said. “So I'm definitely ready to make the jump this year.”
• In an eight-minute span, Fitzgerald twice referred to an organizational philosophy of not rushing players to the NHL. He called defenseman Olli Maatta — who played for the Penguins at 19 last season — as the exception and not the rule. “If you wait, I don't think you can hurt them,” Fitzgerald said.
— Chris Adamski
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