The Pittsburgh Penguins will have another resource for evaluating their young guns via a four team NHL rookie tournament in Ontario, Canada next month. General manger Ray Shero announced that the Penguins are sending twenty-six players (fourteen forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies) to the four day event. The games will be played in Budweiser Gardens (pictured above), home of the OHL's London Knights between September 5th through the 8th. The other participating clubs are the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators.
The Young Pens will be coached by the current Baby Pens duo of skipper John Hynes and assisant Alain Nasreddine. John Hynes has been with the Pens organization since August 2009, when he was hired as Wilkes-Barre/Scanton's assistant coach. When then head coach Todd Reirden was promoted to the main club in 2010, Hynes was given the reins. Under Hynes, the Baby Pens have gone 144-88 and reached the Calder Cup semi-finals last season. Alain Nasreddine was a NHL defenseman playing in 74 games and scored one goal, with the Penguins during the 2006-2007 season. He has been on the Wilkes-Barre/Scanton bench since July 2010.
Among the more notable prospects playing in the tournament are; 2012 first round pick Derrick Pouliet (D), 2013 second rounder Tristan Jarry (G), rising depth charter Scott Harrington (D), and the other 2012 first round selection Olli Maatta (D). Notable players receiving amateur tryouts include eighteen-year old winger Connor Rankin (32 goals in 2012-2013 with the WHL's Tri-City Americans) and twenty-one-year old winger Cody Sylvester (90 points in 68 games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL). If these guys have a good showing, they might be invited to training camp.
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