Monday's Catch Up & Lunch Links 9/29

Monday, September 29, 2014
Local forward Patrick McGrath (Shavertown, Pa.) is trying out for the AHL Penguins.
In two days, the answer to the question many have asked for months will be yes. October is right around the corner.

For the Pittsburgh Penguins, they play the Minnesota Wild tonight and Detroit Wednesday to conclude their six-game preseason. Their season starts October 9th when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

The big news out of Pittsburgh this morning is that they have placed defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Pierre-Luc Leblond on waivers. If they clear, they'll be re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).

Meanwhile in Wilkes-Barre, the AHL Penguins are gearing up for their third straight on-ice practice this morning, with their first of three preseason games on Wednesday night when they host Utica. The AHL Pens also open the season at home, on October 11th against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

As we do every week, a look back at things you might've missed last week.

  • Pittsburgh made their first round of cuts last Wednesday, sending 17 players to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They also sent three more - Jayson Megna, Dominik Uher and Reid McNeill - to the AHL. All three are expected to be at AHL training camp practice today.
  • With those cuts, here's a look at the remaining NHL roster:
    • Goalies (3) - Marc-Andre Fleury, Thomas Greiss and Jeff Zatkoff
    • Defensemen (12) - Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Christian Ehrhoff, Olli Maatta*, Robert Scuderi, Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres, Philip Samuelsson, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, Taylor Chorney and Derrick Pouliot*
    • Forwards (19) - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin*, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis*, Patric Hornqvist, Brandon Sutter, Beau Bennett*, Nick Spaling, Steve Downie, Marcel Goc, Blake Comeau, Craig Adams, Zach Sill, Kasperi Kapanen, Oskar Sundqvist, Daniel Carcillo, Andrew Ebbett, Bobby Farnham and Pierre-Luc Leblond 
  • The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins opened up training camp this weekend. I was in attendance at the Toyota SportsPlex Sunday morning with an update from practice.
  • Here's a look at the AHL camp roster (invites = *)
    • Forwards (16) - Josh Archibald, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Nick Drazenovic, Tom Kostopoulos (AHL contract), Tom Kuhnhackl, Matia Marcantuoni, Patrick McGrath* (ECHL contract), Jayson Megna, Tyler Murovich*, Adam Payerl, Carter Rowney (AHL deal), Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary (AHL deal), Dominik Uher, Scott Wilson and Anton Zlobin.
    • Defensemen (8) - Alex Boak (AHL deal), Nick D'Agostino, Barry Goers (AHL deal), Reid McNeill, Jonathan Narbonne*, Harrison Ruopp, Kevin Ryan* and Clark Seymour (AHL deal).
    • Goalies (3) - Matt Murray, Eric Hartzell and Nolan Schaefer* 
  • Over the summer, I interviewed several Penguins prospects in Highland Park Hockey's first annual summer feature series. Here's a look at those I featured over the summer:


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