Friday afternoon, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins announced their training camp roster. Camp officially begins Saturday on Coal Street.
Instead of linking off and pointing out some names here and there and calling it a day, I went through the roster and offer a blurb on each player. If you have any information or have better information on a particular guy, please feel free to leave me a note in the comments.
Here goes nothing…
Derek Army – Familiar name with Penguins fans, Army saw time with four AHL teams last year besides the Penguins. Army played 4 games for the Portland Pirates, 7 for the Texas Stars and 12 for the Ontario Reign. He was on an ECHL contract with Wheeling last year so obviously familiar with Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli.
Miloš Bubela – 24 year old center out of RPI who played 8 games with Utica at the end of last season. Lots of experience playing in Slovakia as a teenager before coming to America.
Jarrett Burton – Played a fourth line for Wilkes-Barre last season. Better ECHL numbers, 38 points with Wheeling last season in 44 games, than AHL where he just had two goals with the Penguins in 23 games.
Reid Gardiner – Played with Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL last season. 92 points last year for the Raiders in 71 games. Big strong kid who works hard, is good on the puck and not a defensive liability. Could be a diamond in the rough type player.
Christian Hilbrich – One of the Penguins first signings this offseason. 6’7 giant who was the Cornell captain last year.
Tom Kostopoulos – Needs no introduction. Only question surrounding Kostopoulos is whether or not this is his final year.
Patrick McGrath – Needs no introduction either but needs to identify himself as either someone who can contribute or will he stay on the line of an ECHL type fill-in. Big season for him.
Garrett Meurs – Interesting addition here. Was an RFA with the Colorado Avalanche organization last year and was not qualified. Maybe the change of scenery does him good, he stands out and lands himself a job. 35 points in 51 games with ECHL Fort Wayne last season.
Gage Quinney – Quinney was with Pittsburgh for the Rookie Tournament and must have turned enough heads that Wilkes-Barre is bringing him in on a tryout. Las Vegas kid that had 57 points total between Kamloops and Kelowna in the Western Hockey League last season.
Nick Sorkin – Wheeling signed Sorkin this offseason. Rockville, MD product who played in Sweden last season. 25 points in 68 games for AHL Hamilton a couple seasons ago.
Cody Wydo – Wydo played exclusively for the Nailers last season, putting up 50 points in 59 games last season. Will he play his way towards an AHL contract? This camp may answer that question.
Danny Fick – Fick is a right handed defensemen who played 53 games last year for the Nailers. Harvard grad.
Barry Goers – Goers should be healthy enough this season to play a full year and contribute as a capable sixth or seventh defenseman.
Dan Milan – 27 points in two seasons playing with ECHL Wichita. I recall his name being tossed around up in Syracuse as a defensive replacement. Has only played in one AHL game. I don’t know why “Stylin’ Dan Milan” comes to mind when I see the name.
Kevin Schulze – Wheeling signed him late last season and liked him so much they re-signed him this offseason. Described as a good skating, quick defenseman. The AHL level work should be good for him.
Ryan Segalla – Fourth round draft pick by Pittsburgh in the 2013 draft. Turned pro after his junior year at UConn. He apparently thinks he’s ready. We will see.
Brett Stern – 72 games with Wheeling last season. With all of the defensive depth yet to get here from Pittsburgh plus what is already in camp currently, I don’t see Stern sticking, so he gets an early start on camp for Wheeling.
Michael Webster – Barrie Colts captain last season and the first AHL signing made by Wilkes-Barre this offseason. 44 points in 64 games last year for the Colts.
Doug Carr – Pittsburgh cut Carr today so he could get up to Wilkes-Barre in time for camp Saturday. Wheeling signed Carr at the end of August. 24 games with ECHL Manchester last season and three with Albany. Carr saw a heavy workload with the Monarchs last year and even saw playoff action.
Adam Morrison – This is an intriguing addition. Morrison was a bit of a journeyman last season in the ECHL playing with three different teams. It is believed that his rights to an ECHL team lie with Reading. Reading’s AHL team is Lehigh Valley, who has a plethora of goaltenders to start with so Morrison just drove about an hour north to Wilkes-Barre for an AHL tryout.
Derek Graffius undertook a similar enterprise on his blog. Check out his words here.
In all, not a bad group. I have seen worse. Every player projects with an upside at least in my opinion or has something to play for or prove. That’s never a bad thing. They know that the reinforcements from Pittsburgh are coming in the form of more cuts. Maybe they make enough of an impression to stick or to be seen again down the road in the future.