A closer look at the prospects in town for Penguins development camp |

A closer look at the prospects in town for Penguins development camp

Jonathan Bombulie
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sam Miletic tries to put his own rebound in against the Sabres in the third period Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

The Penguins will host 38 prospects for their annual summer development camp this week at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

Practices begin at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and 9:45 a.m. Thursday, with the camp culminating in a three-on-three tournament for the Michel Briere Cup at 7 p.m. Friday. All sessions are open to the public.

Here is a look at the players invited to camp.


Calen Addison

Height: 5-10Weight: 179Age: 18

Last year: 11 goals-54 assists, 68 games, Lethbridge (WHL)

Second-round pick from last weekend’s draft is a prototypical modern offensive defenseman.

Niclas Almari

Height: 6-1Weight: 167Age: 20

Last year: 4 goals-4 assists, 41 games, HPK (Finland)

Smooth, two-way defenseman played almost all of last season in the top league in Sweden, then did a brief stint with WBS at the end of the year.

Ryan Jones

Height: 6-2Weight: 186Age: 22

Last year: 1 goal-12 assists, 34 games, Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)

Stay-at-home defenseman finished his second season at Nebraska-Omaha.

Jon Lizotte*

Height: 6-1Weight: 216Age: 23

Last year: 5 goals-12 assists, 40 games, St. Cloud State

Competitive defensive defenseman put up some solid numbers as a junior on a good St. Cloud State team.

Will MacKinnon*

Height: 5-11Weight: 201Age: 18

Last year: 2 goals-8 assists, 57 games, Des Moines (USHL)

Powerful defenseman headed to University of New Hampshire. Had 127 PIMs last season.

Joe Masonius

Height: 6-0Weight: 190Age: 21

Last year: 2 goals-14 assists, 28 games, UConn

He’s a puck mover (50 points in 96 college games), but he’s got a sturdy frame. Will play in Wilkes-Barre on an AHL deal next season.

Antti Palojarvi

Height: 6-1Weight: 176Age: 19

Last year: 2 goals-10 assists, 44 games, Lukko (Finland Jrs.)

Long-term project as a puck-moving defenseman.

Clayton Phillips

Height: 5-11Weight: 182Age: 18

Last year: 0 goals-0 assists, 11 games, Minnesota (NCAA)

Top prospect coming off an interesting year. He was traded in the USHL, then enrolled at Minnesota for the second half of the season. He’s got a high ceiling as an offensive defenseman prospect.

Will Reilly

Height: 6-2Weight: 197Age: 20

Last year: 7 goals-6 assists, 37 games, RPI (NCAA)

The last pick of the 2017 draft is a rangy, right-handed offensive defenseman who had seven goals last season.

Carter Robertson*

Height: 6-2Weight: 181Age: 18

Last year: 5 goals-13 assists, 57 games, Ottawa (OHL)

Mobile defenseman with good size and puck skills surprisingly passed over at last weekend’s draft.

Sam Rossini*

Height: 6-3Weight: 198Age: 19

Last year: 3 goals-3 assists, 14 games, Minnesota (NCAA)

Two-way defenseman recovered from a torn ACL the year before to work his way into the blue line rotation at Minnesota.

Peter Tischke*

Height: 6-1Weight: 216Age: 22

Last year: 2 goals-11 assists, 37 games, Wisconsin (NCAA)

Competitive sturdy defender just finished his junior year at Wisconsin.


Justin Almeida

Height: 5-9Weight: 159Age: 19

Last year: 43 goals-55 assists, 72 games, Moose Jaw (WHL)

Sleeper prospect taken in the fifth round last weekend. Small but quick center was among the WHL’s scoring leaders last season. He also has some PK experience, so he’s not a one-note performer.

Kasper Bjorkqvist

Height: 6-1Weight: 198Age: 20

Last year: 16 goals-7 assists, 40 games, Providence (NCAA)

Finnish winger with some bite to his game. Tied for Providence team lead with 16 goals.

Mitchell Chaffee*

Height: 6-0Weight: 201Age: 20

Last year: 13 goals-11 assists, 39 games, UMass-Amherst (NCAA)

Physical right wing coming off a solid freshman year at UMass-Amherst.

Jack DeBoer*

Height: 6-3Weight: 187Age: 17

Last year: 7 goals-15 assists, 61 games, US National Team Development Program

Son of San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer plays a solid, unspectacular game. Headed to Boston University.

Casey Dornbach*

Height: 5-10Weight: 177Age: 20

Last year: 21 goals-35 assists, 59 games, Lincoln (USHL)

Harvard recruit has impressive offensive credentials.

Jan Drozg

Height: 6-0Weight: 174Age: 19

Last year: 16 goals, 34 assists, 61 games, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Slovenian scorer had a pretty productive first year in North America.

Andrew Gaus*

Height: 6-0Weight: 185Age: 23

Last year: 0 goals-2 assists, 4 games, Yale (NCAA)

Wexford native getting back into action after his junior year at Yale was cut short by injury.

Liam Gorman

Height: 6-3Weight: 194Age: 18

Last year: 17 goals-16 assists, 30 games, St. Sebastian’s (HS)

Boston University recruit plays a simple, powerful game.

Filip Hallander

Height: 6-2Weight: 187Age: 17

Last year: 9 goals-11 assists, 40 games, Timra (Sweden)

Second-round pick put up good numbers as a 17-year-old last season despite battling knee injury. A name to remember.

Renars Krastenbergs*

Height: 6-0Weight: 185Age: 19

Last year: 21 goals-17 assists, 61 games, Oshawa (OHL)

Skilled winger scored 20 goals in the OHL and four goals in five games for Latvia at the World Juniors qualifying tournament

Philippe Lapointe*

Height: 5-11Weight: 194Age: 18

Last year: 7 goals-19 assists, 59 games, Lincoln (USHL)

Michigan recruit is the son of former Detroit Red Wings forward Martin Lapointe.

Austin Lemieux*

Height: 6-3Weight: 170Age: 22

Last year: 20 goals, 54 assists, 45 games, Islanders (USPHL)

Arizona State recruit led the U.S. Premier Hockey League in scoring last season. And yes, Mario’s son is 22 now. You’re old.

Tobias Lindberg

Height: 6-2Weight: 216Age: 22

Last year: 10 goals-13 assists, 64 games, Chicago (AHL)

The most experienced player in camp by far, Lindberg is in town to get familiarized with the Penguins organization. The two-way forward with good size was acquired in the Derick Brassard trade last year, but finished out the season with his AHL club in Chicago.

Jake Lucchini*

Height: 5-11Weight: 170Age: 23

Last year: 16 goals, 23 assists, 44 games, Michigan Tech (NCAA)

Skilled forward led Michigan Tech in scoring as a junior last season.

Jeff Malott*

Height: 6-3Weight: 201Age: 21

Last year: 6 goals-11 assists, 28 games, Cornell (NCAA)

Power forward has six goals in each of his first two seasons at Cornell.

Aidan McDonough*

Height: 6-1Weight: 174Age: 18

Last year: 25 goals-34 assists, 29 games, Thayer Academy (HS)

Northeastern recruit was a high school linemate of Flyers draft pick Jay O’Brien.

Sam Miletic

Height: 6-0Weight: 197Age: 21

Last year: 36 goals-56 assists, 63 games, London/Niagara (OHL)

Power forward signed out of last year’s prospect camp ready for pro duty after 36-goal season.

Linus Olund

Height: 6-0Weight: 185Age: 21

Last year: 8 goals-15 assists, 51 games, Brynas (Sweden)

Heady center has been productive in Sweden’s top league despite limited role.

Connor Roberts*

Height: 6-4Weight: 214Age: 18

Last year: 18 goals-17 assists, 66 games, Hamilton/Flint (OHL)

Center with good size was a candidate to be drafted last weekend.

Brodi Stuart*

Height: 5-10Weight: 167Age: 18

Last year: 16 goals-22 assists, 70 games, Kamloops (WHL)

Small but tenacious forward could be an undrafted sleeper prospect.

Keenan Suthers*

Height: 6-7Weight: 225Age: 20

Last year: 1 goal-4 assists, 33 games, St. Lawrence (NCAA)

The production wasn’t there as a college freshman, but the size is undeniably intriguing.

Lewis Zerter-Gossage*

Height: 6-2Weight: 190Age: 23

Last year: 10 goals-19 assists, 32 games, Harvard (NCAA)

Productive forward will be a captain at Harvard in the fall.


Tristan Cote-Cazenave*

Height: 6-0Weight: 183Age: 18

Last year: 25-12-4, 3.08, .903, Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Not a big goalie, but he’s competitive and well-rounded.

Alex D’Orio

Height: 6-2Weight: 209Age: 19

Last year: 9-26-9, 4.01, .895, Saint John (QMJHL)

Signed out of development camp last year, then returned to a Saint John that struggled.

Ryan Ferland*

Height: 6-0Weight: 165Age: 20

Last year: 18-11-4, 2.91, .912, Princeton (NCAA)

Strong freshman year at Princeton made him a name to remember.

Christian Propp*

Height: 6-2Weight: 183Age: 19

Last year: 18-9-5, 2.86, .908, North Bay (OHL)

Size and athleticism makes him a solid prospect.

* — in camp on tryout

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