Pittsburgh Penguins – 2018 Prospect Development Camp

We are now at the point in the year where things start to get hectic as players and re-signed and new free agents join the team. In the midst of all this chaos the young Pittsburgh Penguins prospects as well as a large number of undrafted invites are in town for 2018 Prospect Development Camp.

The players are split into two groups which each practice on Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28. On Friday June 29 the two groups have a morning skate and then everybody comes together in the evening for the annual 3-on-3 tournament. For the tournament the players are split into four teams and the eventual victor will be presented with a Michel Briere Cup.

There are 38 players in attendance: 4 goaltenders, 12 defensemen, and 22 forwards. 16 of the players are either signed by or have their rights held by the Penguins organization while the remaining 22 are all undrafted free agents invited to try out. Jordy Bellerive, who was recently injured in a fire, and Zachary Lauzon, who missed the majority of the season due to injury, will not be participating this year. So let’s take a look and see who we have and what their future prospects look like.

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Vegas Golden Knights – 2018 Prospect Development Camp

The Vegas Golden Knights are back on the ice after a short break for the first of their summer activities. They have invited 42 players, ranging from some of their young minor league players to Juniors and NCAA prospects and a number of undrafted free agents looking to make an impression so they can maybe earn a spot in the system.

On Tuesday June 26 they split into two groups for on-ice practice in the afternoon. On Wednesday June 27 both groups have morning and afternoon practice sessions. On Thursday June 28 both groups practice in the morning and then return for a joint scrimmage in the afternoon. They then have joint scrimmages in the morning on both Friday June 29 and Saturday June 30.

2018 2nd round draft pick (#61 overall) Ivan Morozov and 2018 3rd round draft pick (#99 overall) Slava Demin will not be in attendance. So let’s go ahead and take a look at all the players who will be attending and what we may expect from them this season. The contacts I list for signed prospects presume that all of those under 20 will have their contract slide a year after being returned to their junior teams.

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2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights – Forwards

The Vegas Golden Knights are your 2018 Western Conference Champions but we are still waiting to find out who their opponent will be. So in the interim it seems like a good time to continue on with our look back at the 2017-18 NHL season. We have already taken a look at Goaltenders and Defensemen, so today we will move on to the Forwards.

We are going to examine the player’s performance compared to the rest of the league, compared to his teammates, and compared to his own past performance. The data used is from 5-on-5 situations based on raw data from Corsica.hockey.

 

Methodology

Looking at the skaters is more complicated because we have more factors to consider when trying to get an overall picture of their performance. You need to not only look at individual production but also the on-ice team stats to get an idea of what kind of contribution he makes to the team’s performance when he is on the ice. You also need to consider both the ability to score goals and preventing the opponent from doing so as well as generating shot attempts and limiting the chances the opponent can create. And lastly you need some context about what type of role the player is used in on his team.

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Where are they now? Pittsburgh Penguins Draft Picks 2010-14

Playing NHL18 and scrolling through the list of available free agents I often find myself thinking “Wow, I remember when the Pens had that guy…” so I was wondering what ever happened to some of the former Pittsburgh Penguins draft picks. Last year I did something similar, inspired by the success of undrafted free agents like Sheary and Rowney I took a look back at Development/Rookie Camp invites. There has been quite a lot of roster turnover the past few seasons, and quite a lot of front office and staff turnover as well for that matter.

For the Camp invites I only went back as far as the summer of 2013 because the lockout the prior year also impacted the summer activities that the teams normally do. However for draft picks I’m going to need to go back further. For one thing most of the recent years picks are still in the system, but also with their tendency to trade off picks there are fewer draft picks to examine than there were guys invited to Camp. So primarily we are going to be looking at 2014 and earlier, the years Shero’s scouting staff was in charge.

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2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights – Defensemen

We already went over the Vegas Golden Knights goaltending, so continuing our look back at the 2017-18 NHL season we are now examining the performance of the defensemen.

We are going to examine the player’s performance compared to the rest of the league, compared to his teammates, and compared to his own past performance. The data used is from 5-on-5 situations based on raw data from Corsica.hockey. If you already read the post about the Pittsburgh Penguins D then feel free to skip to the evaluations as the methodology will just be copied over.

 

Methodology

Looking at the skaters is more complicated because we have more factors to consider when trying to get an overall picture of their performance. You need to not only look at individual production but also the on-ice team stats to get an idea of what kind of contribution he makes to the team’s performance when he is on the ice. You also need to consider both the ability to score goals and preventing the opponent from doing so as well as generating shot attempts and limiting the chances the opponent can create. And lastly you need some context about what type of role the player is used in on his team.

There were 306 entries listed as D that played one or more games this season. Of those there were 168 who played 750 or more 5-on-5 minutes, but in order to fill enough buckets to compare to a full lineup we are going to go with the 212 D who skated 500 or more 5-on-5 minutes this year.

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2017-18 Pittsburgh Penguins – Defensemen

We are now into the 2nd round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs so it seemed like a good time to continue our look back at the performance of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2017-18 NHL season. Last time I examined the goaltending so today we move on to defense.

We are going to examine the player’s performance compared to the rest of the league, compared to his teammates, and compared to his own past performance. The data used is from 5-on-5 situations based on raw data from Corsica.hockey.

 

Methodology

Looking at the skaters is more complicated because we have more factors to consider when trying to get an overall picture of their performance. You need to not only look at individual production but also the on-ice team stats to get an idea of what kind of contribution he makes to the team’s performance when he is on the ice. You also need to consider both the ability to score goals and preventing the opponent from doing so as well as generating shot attempts and limiting the chances the opponent can create. And lastly you need some context about what type of role the player is used in on his team.

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2017-18 Pittsburgh Penguins – Goaltenders

A couple days ago I took a look at the Vegas Golden Knights goaltending from the 2017-18 NHL season, so today I am going to look at the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you already read that one feel free to skip to the evaluations as the methodology section is just copied over from the other post.

 

Methodology

When looking at goaltenders the primary things we are concerned about are goals against and save percent. Being down in their own end they have little to no impact on their team’s offensive production and thus can’t directly influence wins, but a solid ability to keep the puck out of the net gives their team a chance to stay in the game. Also in order to get some context of the type of conditions they play under we are going to look at shots against and the percentage of opponents’ shot attempts which reach the net.

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