Former 1st-Round Picks Highlight ‘Underdog’ Penguins Coming to Training Camp (+)

You know Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and you might be worried about Jeff Carter going down after signing the expansion. The big names from Pittsburgh Penguins training camp still have Stanley Cup rings in velvet boxes and have become well known to even casual fans. Still, there’s been a bit of turnover this summer, and combined with the influx of prospects, the new mix of players presents a bit of competition in the depths of the Penguins’ roster.

The outlook hit the ice in a week.

Recruits, prospects and potentials, oh my.

With an established roster, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan typically has pre-determined camp roles, but he opens the door to a few positional battles and for young players to claim NHL jobs. Last year, coaches gave Radim Zohorna a legitimate chance to crack the roster as Evgeni Malkin’s scars grew to cover his surgically repaired knee. Drew O’Connor also benefited from an extended evaluation until his hot start turned into an icy path.

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