PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP: WHO'S NEXT?
Team prospects descend upon Pittsburgh this week to take part in Development Camp
With their Development Camp being held at CONSOL Energy Center this week, the Pittsburgh Penguins will get a closer look at the prospects and the untapped talent they may hold. Thirty-five players will take part, including all nine draft picks from this year’s class. Here is a list of four players that could be next to don a Penguins jersey…
Beau Bennett – RW, 1st Round Draft Pick (20th overall) in 2010
In 2010, Beau Bennett became the highest selected California-born player in NHL history and has spent the last two years playing for the University of Denver, accumulating 38 points (13g-25a) in 47 games. Bennett, 20, is only the second offensive player General Manager Ray Shero has selected in the first round in the past five drafts (Angelo Esposito, 2007). The Pittsburgh Penguins signed him to a three-year-entry-level deal on April 13th, 2012.
The 6-foot-1, 190 pound right winger played one year in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the Penticton Vees in 2009-2010 where he amassed 120 points (41g-79a) in only 56 contests, earning him the Interior Conference Rookie of the Year award and a share of the BCHL scoring title. During his freshman campaign with the Pioneers, he compiled 25 points (9g-16a) in 37 games, leading the Pioneers to the third best record in the WCHA. Bennett suffered a season ending wrist injury that limited him to 10 games in his sophomore season.
Brian Dumoulin – D, 2nd Round Draft Pick (51st overall) in 2009 by Carolina
Coming off of two NCAA Championships in three years with Boston College, Brian Dumoulin will look to bring his winning ways to the professional ranks. The Biddeford, ME-native joins the defensive depth chart for Pittsburgh after being acquired in the massive Jordan Staal trade that took place at the 2012 Entry Draft and also brought over Brandon Sutter and the 8th overall pick (Derrick Pouliot) from the Carolina Hurricanes. Dumoulin was originally selected 51st overall by the Hurricanes in 2009.
The 6-foot-3, 20-year old will forego his senior year with the Eagles after being their leading scoring defenseman for the past two seasons, Dumoulin posted 11 goals and 72 assists for 83 points over 123 games at BC. In 2010, Dumoulin helped Boston College win its fourth National Title during his freshman year in 2010, skating alongside Penguins players Carl Sneep, Brian Gibbons, and Philip Samuelsson.
Scott Harrington – D, 2nd Round Draft Pick (54th overall) in 2011
The second of three London Knights defensemen to be drafted in the last three classes, Scott Harrington was the Penguins second selection in 2011, joining former teammates and fellow picks Reid McNeill (6th Round, 2010) and Olli Maatta (1st Round, 2012). The 6-foot-1, left-handed shooting defenseman signed an entry-level deal on July 26th, 2011 and has been a busy blueliner ever since. During the past year, Harrington appeared in seven games for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal in a 4-0 shutout victory over Finland.
Harrington, 19, alongside Maatta, would lead the Knights this season past the Niagara IceDogs to claim the Ontario Hockey League Championship. The tandem went one-two in scoring among team defensemen. Harrington compiled 62 points (10G, 52A) in 166 contests during his three seasons with London.
Joe Morrow – D, 1st Round Draft Pick (23rd overall) in 2011
Joe Morrow is the first Portland Winterhawk to be drafted by the Penguins since they selected current-Boston Bruins defenseman, Andrew Ference, in 1997. The 6-foot-1, 206 pound native of Sherwood Park, AB has spent the last four seasons with the Winterhawks, playing in 226 games and posting 151 points (33G, 118A) in that time. In 56 career playoff games, he has tallied ten goals and 29 assists.
Morrow’s best season was this past campaign, as he scored 17 goals, assisted on 47 and finished the season with 64 points, making him the fourth leading scorer on the team. He led the Winterhawks to the Western Hockey League Final the past two years, though they were ousted by the Kootenay Ice and Edmonton Oil Kings, respectively. Like Scott Harrington, Morrow was reunited with a former teammate this past draft when the Penguins selected Derrick Pouliot with the eighth overall pick acquired from Carolina.
Contributors: Adam Williams, Mike O'Brien