Three players sidelined as Penguins open camp
Three players were sidelined as the Penguins opened camp Friday morning at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Center Riley Sheahan is dealing with a nagging lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said. Sullivan said the Penguins are taking a cautious approach with Sheahan because it’s so early in the season.
Defenseman Kevin Czuczman is expected to be out until December as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
Center Derick Brassard missed Friday’s skate with an illness. Sullivan said the team expects him back soon.
Sheahan is coming off a strong season, posting 11 goals and 32 points in 73 games with the Penguins as a cornerstone of the third and fourth lines and penalty kill unit, but if there’s a position where the team could most easily absorb an injury, it’s center. They have at least six NHL-caliber players at the position on their training camp roster.
Czuczman was one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top defensemen last season, recording 35 points in 71 games.
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