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WHERE GUENTZEL’S STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS PERFORMANCE STACKS UP ALL-TIME

No matter how hideous you think he sounds on the phone, “Jake From State Farm” has been dominating the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans knew about Jake Guentzel’s skills and scoring prowess for about a full calendar year before hockey fans around the globe were introduced to his jaw-dropping capabilities. He’s not a secret anymore, and everyone has taken notice of his historic postseason production.

Guentzel scored his playoff-leading 10th goal on Monday night, making him just the fifth rookie in the league’s 100-year history to achieve double digits in goal-scoring in one postseason. He also has four game-winning goals, tied for the most by a rookie in history, too.

Ten goals isn’t the all-time record, though. Here’s a look at some of Guentzel’s peers in the history books. Who’s he chasing? Who has he surpassed? These are the names and faces he will be associated with when people talk about the finest rookie performances the Stanley Cup Playoffs have ever seen. Continue reading

Guentzel’s Great 2016

blog_guentzel-3The internet seems intent on decrying the year that was 2016. Check out any social media platform,
websites like Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, or even weekly television programs like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and you’ll find countless repetitions of the same refrain. “2016 sucks.”

Of course, it’s easy to bury a year when you’re only remembering the down times. Negativity can easily cloud one’s judgment and make the good times easy to forget about.

So let’s talk about the good times instead.

The year 2016 was a great one for Penguins fans, as Pittsburgh captured the Stanley Cup, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton entered the calendar year in first place in the Atlantic Division and are poised to be one better, closing out the year in first place in the entire AHL. Team success has been evident, but perhaps no individual has enjoyed 2016 more than the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel.

Let’s take a look back at all the most memorable moments that Jake from State Farm gave us during his meteoric ascent to one of the best players in the AHL. Continue reading

The Daily Penguin – Dec. 8, 2016

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Be excited, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hockey fans, because Jake Guentzel and Derrick Pouliot are back in Northeastern Pennsylvania (CitizensVoice.comTribLive.comPost-Gazette.com)

Those in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton locker room speak about the team’s success in St. John’s (TimesLeader.com)

The defense duo of Justin Schultz and Ian Cole is finding success similar to that which they had in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (TribLive.com)

Pittsburgh is focused on continuing its speedy style, but reining in its opponents’ chances moving forward (Post-Gazette.com)

PITTSBURGH PLAYS FIRST HOME PRESEASON GAME TONIGHT

Rowney_2The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks face off for the second time in three days this evening, this time taking to the ice at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.  The game will be broadcast on the NHL Network, and can be listened to via the Penguins app or online at 105.9 the X.

Once again, the Penguins roster will have more than a few familiar faces for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans.

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
35 Tristan Jarry

Defensemen
4 Justin Schultz
5 David Warsofsky
6 Trevor Daley
8 Brian Dumoulin
33 Reid McNeill
51 Derrick Pouliot
61 Steve Oleksy

Forwards

11 Kevin Porter
16 Eric Fehr
19 Garrett Wilson
23 Scott Wilson
25 Tom Sestito
34 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Carter Rowney
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea
43 Conor Sheary
45 Josh Archibald
49 Dominik Simon
59 Jake Guentzel

 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open training camp on Saturday at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre.  The first on-ice session is slated for 10:30 am that morning, and all practices at the Toyota Sportsplex are free and open to the public.  Find a full training camp schedule here.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.  More info on packages is available here.

Cooking class a recipe for success

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Most of the players attending Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp are in college, fresh out of college, or have grown used to living the billet family life in juniors. They might be talented as all-get-out on the ice, but cooking is not even close to being in their wheelhouse.

“A lot of runs to Chipotle,” Jake Guentzel said of his cuisine when he joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late last season. “Chipotle, for sure.”

There has been more and more emphasis in recent years on the food athletes use to fuel their performance. While a protein-loaded stomach anchor at Chipotle might get the thumbs up every now and then, professional hockey players that are on the ice every day and playing games three times a week require something that doesn’t come served over a counter wrapped in tin foil.

That’s why for several years in a row now, Pittsburgh has had its future stars attend a cooking seminar so that they can learn how to prepare quick, easy meals that also match the diet of a pro athlete.

“Nutrition is really important is you’re going to be a serious athlete,” said new Penguin Michael Webster. “It’s great to learn new things from the pros. Obviously, they’re at the highest level, so they’ll probably have the best advice for you.”

blog_cook2Lunch on Thursday at development camp consisted of grilled chicken breast, escolar (fish), vegetable medley, a kale, quinoa and red onion salad, and for a little extra flavor, players tossed whopping additions of guacamole/mango salsa onto their plates. After the mean, the Lemieux Complex’s executive chef, Geoff Staub, gave the players a up-close demonstration of how to prepare the meal they had just eaten.

Staub covered all the bases. No player will walk away from camp wondering at what temperature to bake a chicken breast, what parts of a kale plant to avoid, what is the proper cutlery to invest in,  and (most importantly) how to avoid poisoning oneself.

Group A had their session with Staub on Thursday, and Guentzel’s Group B stepped in front of the stove top today. Perhaps the rookie will retain a thing or two, so that he doesn’t have to resort back to his old college habits at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

“Thursday night, me and my roommates would make pasta,” Guentzel said. “That was about all we were good at! Pasta, noodles, yup. That was pretty much it.”

blog_cook3Webster, who says he has much more chef experience than Spaghetti Guentzel from learning how to barbecue with his dad, feels this lesson can go far for development camp participants of all ages.

“Some of these 17, 18-year-olds, you know, they might not have picked it up yet. So it should be  great learning experience for them, and I’m always open to learning new things.”

Local flavor added to Pittsburgh Development Camp

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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:

Jake Guentzel
Teddy Blueger
Tristan Jarry
Sean Maguire
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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:

Lukas Bengtsson
Nikita Pavlychev
Austin Lemieux

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.

blog_Austin LemieuxAnd 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.

OT NOTES

A couple of quick facts for your on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and overtime in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

  • 49 of the team’s 190 playoff games all-time have gone to overtime (25.8%)
  • The Penguins are 29-20 in postseason overtime games.
  • The 2016 Atlantic Division Semifinals against the Providence Bruins was the third time in team history that the Penguins won three OT contests in a single series.
    • 2001 Western Conference Final against the Hershey Bears (WBS won the series, 4-0)
    • 2004 East Division Semifinal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (WBS won the series, 4-3).
  • The series against the Bruins was the fifth time that the deciding game of a Penguins playoff series was decided in overtime:
    • 2001 Western Conference Semifinal at Philadelphia (Game Six.  WBS won the game, 3-2)
    • 2004 East Division Semifinal at Bridgeport (Game Seven.  WBS won the game, 3-2)
    • 2004 Eastern Conference Final at Hartford (Game Seven.  WBS won the game, 2-1)
    • 2007 East Division Final at Hershey (Game Five.  WBS lost the game, 7-6)
  • Game Three at Providence was the seventh multi-overtime game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history, and the fourth longest game in team history:
    • May 7, 2001 – Game Two – Western Conference Finals vs. Hershey.  Alexandre Mathieu scores at 15:43 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 win (WBS wins series, 4-0)
    • April 25, 2005 – Game Three – East Division Semifinals vs. Binghamton.  Colby Armstrong scores at 12:26 of the third overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win (WBS wins series, 4-2)
    • May 4, 2007 – Game Two – East Division Finals at Hershey.  Alexandre Giroux scores at 5:57 of the second overtime to give the Bears a 4-3 win (HER wins series, 4-1)
    • May 8, 2012 – Game Five – Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. St. John’s.  Simon Despres scores at 12:08 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win (STJ wins series, 4-3)
    • May 14, 2014 – Game Three – Eastern Conference Semifinals at Providence.  Simon Despres scores at 6:32 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 5-4 win (WBS wins series, 4-3)
    • May 6, 2015 – Game One – Eastern Conference Semifinals at Manchester.  Zach O’Brien scores at 4:13 of the third overtime to give the Monarchs a 3-2 win (MCH wins series, 4-1)
    • April 23, 2016 – Game Three – Atlantic Division Semifinals at Providence.  Jake Guentzel scores at 13:52 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 5-4 win (WBS wins series, 3-0)