Not sure if it is just hype, but Kapanen was the star at prospect camp.
He’s even better than I thought he would be,” Guerin said. “So I was very happy with him. He’s just high-end talent, high-end speed. He’s a very, very mature kid for his age. Obviously, having his father [Sami Kapanen] playing so many years in the NHL and playing with him and brining him up that way, he’s already a pro.
“So he’s ahead of the game in that department, but you just got a little screenshot of what’s to come and he’s not even 18 yet.”
According to Josh Yohe Kapanen shined in the scrimmage:
No one disagreed with Guerin’s assessment. Kapanen’s quick strides and slick hands — he wasn’t afraid to show off his one-on-one game during the scrimmage — stood out as 37 of the Penguins’ best prospects staged a 60-minute, running-clock scrimmage Saturday.
Defenseman Scott Harrington, who will have an opportunity to make the Penguins’ roster in September, had the task of playing against Kapanen during the scrimmage.
“He’s a great hockey player,” Harrington said. “It’s pretty obvious to see why the Penguins made him their top pick at the draft. Just a serious amount of skill.”
Since Ray Shero and the scouting dept. forgot to draft actual good players, the rest of camp was low key.
The only other note is that Mark Recchi was named the Penguins development coach. At this point, if you played any number of minutes with the Penguins from 90-93, you probably could get a job with the organization.
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