Greetings Jobbers! Happy days are here again!
Lionel Hutz your Jobberty head of player scouting reporting here to give you a rundown some of the Pens incoming/ upcoming prospects.
Before we get started I received word the following have moved on- D-Lukas Bengtsson has signed with SHL team Linkoping HC, D-Andre Pedan acquired from Vancouver for Derek Pouliot has signed with the KHL’s Ak Bars.
In the first of 2 posts, we’ll look at some of the forwards.
6’5 210, 22 years old, From Albany, NY
Pens 5th round pick, 145 overall in 2014
Status: Signed to ELC, Should be in WBS.
Comparison: Joe Colborne.
Comes from a school that produced the likes of Joe Nieuwendyk, Ken Dryden, but also *clears throat* old pals Doug Murray and Kent Manderville.
A big guy that can get around the ice well, uses his body, has learned to be a net front guy, had steady production with the Big Red as a relatively unpolished kid, a good faceoff man., should anchor Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 3rd or 4th line/2nd Penalty Kill unit to start out.
5’10 194, 19 year old, From Vancouver, BC
Status: Signed to ELC, should be in WBS.
Undrafted Free Agent signing in 2017
Comparison: Max Talbot.
Competitive, gritty, protects the puck well, great skater, and scores a fuck ton. Was an animal in the prospects camp/ tournament last summer, earned a contract and proceeded to tear the WHL a new anus all season. Next Jake Guentzel?
5’11 181, 20 year old, From Gavle, Sweden
Pens 5th round pick 155th overall in 2017
Status: Signed, should be in WBS.
Comparison: Sammy Pahlson.
Skilled 2 way player, can play on the power play and reliable enough defensively to kill penalties.
Good hockey sence, reads the play well, more of a playmaker then goal scorer. Will start out in WB/S, scouts at the draft projected him as more of a bottom 6 role player, but loved his game.
6’1 201, 22 year old from Koln, Germany
Pens 6th round pick 167th overall in 2015.
Status: Signed to ELC, split last season between Wheeling, and WBS.
Comparison: Carl Hagelin.
Known for blazing speed, great agility, and a solid overall game, not sure if he’ll ever put up a lot of points, but his speed, and work ethic, and pressure on a forecheck would make him valuable. Remains to be seen if he become Hagelin or Konstantin Koltsov.
6’0 183, 21 year old, from Bloomfield Township, Michigan.
Undrafted free agent in 2017.
Status: Signed to ELC, should start, ummm somewhere, be that in Wheeling or WB/S.
Comparison: Didn’t get a good look, missed most of the camps/preseason.
Another rookie camp/tournament stand out, Miletic earned his contract during last pre season.
A low risk/high reward player projects as a bottom 6 guy, can produced offensive, plays good 2 way game.
6’0 183, 23 year old from Staten Island, NY
Undafted free agent signed in 2017.
Status: Signed, 50/50 he starts in Pittsburgh, or WB/S, depends on camp/ his recovery, thanks Wilson.
Comparison: Patric Hornvist.
We got our first look at ZAR this year, a two way player, who can go to the front of the net, he’ll get engaged physically, and has some nice tools, heal up for camp.
6’0 183 21 year old, from Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
Status: Signed, JR says he’ll be up here full time.
Comparison: Patrick Kane’s overall style mixed with Kessel’s shooting.
Can we finally stop screwing around with him, and play this guy for something resembling an extended time? Please? After wasting him as an 18 year old for 18 games, and dumping him back in the Q at the 30 game mark he’s wavier eligible.
Dynamite skater, creative passer, incredible puck handler, with a nasty shot and release, has 2 modes shoot, and score.
6’0 174, 19 year old from Maribor, Slovenia
Pens 5th pick 152nd overall in 2017.
Status: Unsigned draft pick playing in the QMJHL.
Comparison: Know next to nothing about this guy, his name is cool though.
A bit of a late bloomer, skilled forward, needs to work on strength.
6’1 198, 20 year old, from Espoo, Finland.
Pens 2nd round pick 61st overall in 2016.
Status: Unsigned prospect at Providence.
Comparison: Leo Komarov.
I’ll start off saying it’s odd/rare for a Finnish player to go the U.S. college route.
Good skater, good stick and overall positioning in the defensive zone., goes to the net, good at getting shots off in and around the crease, loves to be physical, will take a hit then send them back.
Well that’s all for this part. Part II we’ll look at some of the blueline prospects.