The Pittsburgh Penguins announced their 2016 Development Camp roster today, and one of the names on the list hails from Northeastern Pennsylvania.
C.J. Yakimowicz, fresh off winning a Memorial Cup Championship with the London Knights, will attend the Penguins’ development camp as a free agent. The Kingston native is one of 35 players that will be wheeling around the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for the week.
The full roster is available at penguins.nhl.com, but some notable names that suited up for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past season and will be at camp include:
This will be Jarry‘s third development camp, so in a way, the 21-year-old will be a seasoned veteran among the four goalies in attendance, such as Pittsburgh’s top pick from this past draft, Filip Gustavsson.
Management is also likely looking for a similar example-setting role from Guentzel, considering his dominance in the Calder Cup Playoffs and recent experience of transitioning from the college to the pro lifestyle.
Other names to keep an eye on at development camp include:
Bengtsson was signed out of the Swedish Hockey League this spring by Pittsburgh. The smooth-skating defenseman will in all likelihood begin the 2015-16 season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Pavlychev is far from making his WBS debut as he’s set to begin his freshman year at Penn State University this fall, but he’s another local product. Although he wasn’t born and raised in the area like Yakimowicz, Pavlychev played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and won a USA Hockey U14 National Championship with Daniel Sprong in 2012.
And if that last name looks familiar, it should. Austin Lemieux is the son of the most monumental figure in Pittsburgh hockey, Mario Lemieux. He’s most recognized by hockey fans as the bowl-cutted boy who watched in awe as his dad’s number was lowered from the rafters in a pre-game ceremony prior to Mario’s “unretirement” on Dec. 27, 2000. Today, Austin is a six-foot-four 20-year-old coming off of his first season in the USHL. And no, the haircut has not lasted all these years like his father’s legacy.
Day one of 2016 Development Camp is tomorrow! Make sure to keep checking in for updates on the players and their activities going on throughout the week.