News: Kapanen (broken finger) has been cleared for the start of the training camp, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: The broken finger kept Kapanen out of a recent prospects tournament, but the extra time off was all he needed to return to full health. The Penguins' first-round draft choice this past June, Kapanen will have a shot at claiming a roster spot out of training camp.
Olli Maatta - #3 - Defense - 6'2" - 206lbs
News: Maatta will take limited contact at Thursday's practice.
Impact: The Penguins won't let Maatta go full bore right away as he continues to recover from surgery, but the fact that he's on the ice suggests his recovery is going swimmingly. Once thought to be at risk of missing the start of the season, Maatta appears more likely than not to be in the lineup for the Penguins' Oct. 9 opener against the Ducks.
News: Crosby will miss the beginning of training camp with an undisclosed injury, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Impact: Crosby played with an injured wrist toward the end of last season and it's also possible he's suffering from another ailment such as a shoulder injury. It appears he'll be able to play in the regular season, but there's an added measure of risk with Crosby after he decided against summer wrist surgery and the additional mystery injury.
Evgeni Malkin - #71 - Center - 6'3" - 195lbs
News: Malkin will be held out of the early stages of training camp after he suffered an undisclosed injury prior to camp.
Impact: Sidney Crosby is similarly being held out in the early going, so it's more than likely just the case where the organization wants to keep its two stars fresh for the start of the regular season. Malkin's draft stock shouldn't be affected by the injury, unless news surfaces that the issue is more severe than the Penguins are letting on. The 28-year-old will have to adjust to new coach Mike Johnston's preferred system of using his forwards in pairs rather than lines, but he's still poised to deliver high-end production from the center spot.
News: Crosby will be held out of the early part of training camp after suffering an injury while preparing for camp.
Impact: Evgeni Malkin is similarly being held out in the early going, so it's more than likely just the case where the organization wants to keep its two stars fresh for the start of the regular season. Crosby said last week that he was fully recovered from the wrist injury that bothered him during the postseason, so don't let his delay for camp concern you too much.
News: Dupuis won't take contact during the initial stages of training camp, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Though it was previously suggested that Dupuis wouldn't face any limitations entering camp, he's just a little bit behind schedule right now. He plans to begin taking contact in about a week, giving him plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the regular season. The health of Dupuis' knee is less of a concern to fantasy players than in what capacity he might be used this season. New coach Mike Johnston has stated a preference of deploying his skaters in pairs rather than units, suggesting duty with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby no longer awaits for Dupuis.
Kris Letang - #58 - Defense - 6'0" - 201lbs
News: Letang, who suffered a stroke nearly eight months ago, has been working out without any complications this summer and should be a full participant for the start of training camp, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: In addition to the stroke, Letang was limited to 37 games last season due to a knee injury and an elbow infection. Though he's the ultimate health risk after missing 99 games over the last three seasons, few blueliners possess as much skill offensively as Letang, who still accumulated 11 goals and 11 assists in his limited action. Letang compiled 50 points in his last full season in 2010-11, and that peak could be in reach again if he can avoid any long-term health complications.
Derrick Pouliot - #51 - Defense - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday that Pouliot (shoulder) likely won't be ready for training camp, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Johnston said that Pouliot, one of the team's top prospects, would likely be able to take part in some skating at the start of camp, but he'll be held out of contact drills until further notice. The former No. 8 overall draft pick accumulated 17 goals and 53 assists over 58 games last season with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
Olli Maatta - #3 - Defense - 6'2" - 206lbs
News: Maatta could be cleared for physical contact Wednesday or Thursday, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Maatta was ruled out for four-to-six months after undergoing shoulder surgery in May, but there seems to be legitimate optimism that he might beat that timetable and be ready to go for the start of training camp. Even if that materializes, expect the Penguins to limit Maatta's involvement in the early going, with the hope of preparing him for a full slate of minutes for the regular-season opener. The 20-year-old flashed a ton of potential as a rookie last season, accruing nine goals and 20 assists over 78 games.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dupuis (knee) is expected to receive clearance for full contact during training camp, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: The winger looks to be progressing positively from the reconstructive knee surgery that ended his most recent season prematurely, as he was skating on the ice in a red "no-contact" jersey during Wednesday's scrimmage. Dupuis likely has only a few more steps to pass in his rehab program before being cleared for full activity, but it remains undetermined where he'll fit in with the Penguins during the upcoming season. New head coach Mike Johnston prefers to use his forwards as pairs rather than traditional lines, and with the promise of working alongside luminaries Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz no longer guaranteed, Dupuis could be in line for a sharper dropoff in his point total.
News: Kapanen is believed to have broken a finger Aug. 8 while playing for Finland in a junior evaluation camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: GM Jim Rutherford "hopes" to have Kapanen on the ice when training camp opens Sept. 19. Any missed time will surely decrease Kapanen's chances of making the team as a rookie.
News: Crosby declared Monday that he is 100 percent healthy after having dealt with a nagging wrist injury for much of the postseason, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Crosby entertained the idea of surgery to correct the wrist issue in the summer, but rest and rehab ultimately proved to be the solution. He's back working out in Pittsburgh in preparation for training camp, and should be poised for another run at the Art Ross Trophy in 2014-15. If Crosby wasn't already being drafted as the top overall fantasy skater, the news that he's fully healthy should do the trick.
News: Kapanen will miss the Penguins' upcoming rookie tournament due to an injury, but should be good to go for training camp, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Kapanen was the team's first-round pick this season and has been billed as one of this season's more NHL-ready draftees. He may spend the 2014-15 season in the AHL, but should get a fair shake at making the Pens in training camp.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: New head coach Mike Johnston, who prefers to group players in pairs rather than line units, has already paired Sidney Crosby with Chris Kunitz -- leaving Dupuis's spot on the unit in question, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Recovering from knee surgery, Dupuis has been skating three or four times per week since June and figures to be ready for the season's start. In the end, Dupuis will likely see plenty of action with Crosby and Kunitz, but the new head coach could shake things up. The 35-year-old's numbers were beginning to slip last year -- he had just 20 points in 39 games before getting hurt -- but he's still probably worth half a point per game once again in 2014-15.
Daniel Carcillo - #12 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 203lbs
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carcillo signed a professional tryout contract with the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: After splitting last season between the Kings and Rangers, Carcillo will look for work with the organization that originally drafted him. He'll audition for a role on the Pens' checking line, but is unlikely to post the lofty hit or PIM totals that he'd need to be a viable fantasy option.