The most grueling part of training camp is on the books as the Penguins completed a training weekend at Cranberry on Sunday.
They will host the Blue Jackets in Monday night’s preseason opener at PPG Paints Arena.
Here are 10 observations of the camp over the weekend:
â¢ One point I keep telling Josh over and over during training camp is never to rely too much on, well, training camp. Especially early in camp, when coaches tend to experiment with line combinations, defensive pairs, and drills that, in part, are designed to test the hopes and gain the attention of NHL players.
There are exceptions, of course.
The 2005 Penguins camp comes to mind. I may never forget watching the first drill of this camp’s opening practice and hearing the gasps of presenters Bob Errey and Phil Bourque – at the time neither one nor the Another was much older than a few Penguins players at this camp – as Sidney Crosby won puck battles along the boards at the old civic arena. Indeed, Crosby only needed one drill to display the core strength, skate edge work and hockey IQ that would become hallmarks of his future Hockey Hall of Fame career. And it was there for everyone to witness.
Crosby’s drive to excel in the NHL in his first practice with the Penguins was immediately recognized by Errey and Bourque, who went from gasping to laughter as “Sid the Kid” made the grown men look ill-equipped. to manage it.
Crosby, that day and everyone else since, turned out to be an exception to the norms.
The exceptions are rare.