3 Players to Watch at Penguins Training Camp

by @HunterHodies

The Pittsburgh Penguins training camp is about to begin and that means more Penguins hockey. This was an offseason unlike any other since GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Byslma were fired. They also lost a ton of players from last season but replaced them with just as good or even better players. What should we watch at Penguins training camp?

Let’s take a look.

1. Pascal Dupuis– Dupuis is probably the biggest player to watch during training camp for the Penguins. He’s off of a torn ACL this past season and is getting older which means he may not be up to full speed when the season starts. He may also put up lower stats despite being on Sidney Crosby’s wing. He also could be put on the third line this season with Brandon Sutter but time will tell. Here’s hoping he has a good training camp and gets back to full speed very soon.

2. Jeff Zatkoff– This may surprise a few people; Zatkoff was the backup goaltender to Marc-Andre Fleury last season when Tomas Vokoun, Fleury’s older backup, sat out with blood clots. Zatkoff started out shaky in his first couple games of the season when he started but really hit his stride as the season went on. He had a good rookie year for the Penguins as he went 12-6-2 with a 2.61 GAA. He will battling for the backup spot behind Fleury this year with Thomas Greiss who was signed to a one year deal this offseason by Jim Rutherford to get some competition behind Fleury. Can  Zatkoff possibly win the backup job behind Fleury?

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3. Christian Ehrhoff– Ehrhoff is one of the most intriguing cases; The Penguins signed him this offseason after Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik left via free agency to the Washington Capitals. It will be interesting to see what he can do, and if he can be even better than Matt Niskanen was last season. He would be paired with Olli Maatta in training camp since he’s now healthy after that offseason shoulder surgery. Rumor has it that the Penguins may very well sign Christian Ehrhoff to an extension after January 1st which is when they are allowed to do it. That’s how much they like Ehrhoff. The puck moving defender came to Pittsburgh because the Penguins have a great shot at being Stanley Cup contenders once more.

Time will tell if his choice pays off for him.

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