Discussion in 'Pittsburgh Penguins' started by FreeBobbyFarnham, Aug 30, 2019.
The roster in full:
No particular surprises, looks like it should be stronger than last year at least (which is a very low bar)
Almeida and Bjorkqvist still not fit; Bellerive is listed as a C.
Defense looks solid for a prospect tournament
Damn, literally not a single player they invited seems like much of anything.
not surprising but a bummer that Kaspar Bjorkqvist is not able to play yet. I know he had shoulder surgery, anyone have any idea if they ever put a time frame on recovery for him?
I noticed that StarWinger, Hopesandreams, and Fran Chise de la Futur, were left off the roster again.
That’s not the Rihanna Chris Brown is it?
These invites rarely amount to anything, but you never know.
Moskal is apparently very fast, good in the dot and in his own end, but his hands haven't caught up.
Williams was a 5th overall in the WHL draft, but broke his collarbone in his rookie year. Prior to last season he was projected to be a fairly high NHL pick after outscoring guys like Cozens and Krebs and tying for the team lead in goals at the Hlinka tournament (Canada U18 at eliteprospects.com) but for whatever reason it didn't translate to the Dub last year. Maybe he finds his mojo.
RW Josh Williams - Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL (2019 Draft)
I can’t believe the work Rutherford has been able to do with our prospect system from 2017 to today. Deserves a ton of props for that.
Or.. maybe it was Guerin?
Lots of high praise. If he's over his injury issues, he could have a great season.
Out of the 17 free agents invited to development camp only Williams, Ross and Moskal have made it back to the tournament. That tells me that JR is very likely to sign one of them to an NHL deal. I'd definitely sign Williams and maybe even Ross if he impresses.
Yeah. Could be this year's Almeida.
Almeida was drafted off a 98 point season.
Even Bellerive had ~50 points iirc. There were legit questions about why he wasn't drafted from the moment it wasn't over. Williams still has a lot of potential and yeah, if he puts it together he could look as promising as those guys, but he's not in the same boat in terms of having shown its happening. Maybe not even on the same body of water.
I dunno. It's an interesting group of invites, but its not a good one. At least not right now.
What I meant to say is that Williams could get drafted after his first year of draft eligibility, like Almeida, if he has a successful season. Well, unless we sign him first and save ourselves a draft pick.
Almeida was coming off a 28 pts season in his draft year. Williams just came off a 33 pts season. Not a huge difference in production, but the talent is undeniably there in both cases.
Oh, with you.
Thing is signing him now would be a bit risky - if he does Almeida-esque things, then he's probably not available in the draft anyway. Either way, right now, I feel like he's of tenuous interest.
Yeah let's see how he does in the tournament. Hopefully he impresses like Bellerive did and gets an ELC.
So, what's our contract number at? I'm pretty sure capfriendly is wrong.
49 with Pettersson signed
Looks like 48 with Petts signed because Addison and Hallander don't count yet.
I think hallander still counts. Only 18/19 year old CHL players dont count against the contract limit.
Hallander just turned 19.
I think with Petts signing, it will be 47, because Hallander is 19 and Olund was loaned?
Yeah but hes not in the CHL. Capfriendly also doesnt show the 50 contract exception for Hallander.
It has him as a contract slide candidate.
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