First off, we have center Jake Guentzel signing an amateur tryout with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He is also expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins (entry-level contract) at the end of the hockey season. Guentzel was drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, in the 3rd round, by the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is his analysis by Hockey's Future:
"Guentzel is an undersized, yet highly skilled forward who possesses a hockey IQ. The biggest knock on him has been his size, but Guentzel possesses the requisite skill, speed, and grit to play a top-nine role in the NHL. He is a particularly effective player off the rush, and uses his speed and vision to create offensive plays. He will need to add considerable strength before he gets to the point where he can contribute to the NHL level, but he has the skill and hockey sense to one day make an impact."
He is currently registered as being 5'11, which is the same height as a certain Sidney Crosby. Is he of Sidney Crosby's caliber? Well, no. But his height at the very least shouldn't be too much of a hindrance for his NHL success.
Jake Guentzel with the University of Nebraska-Omaha
When NHL ready, Guentzel could be the second coming of Jordan Staal, behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
On the other hand, we have Teddy Blueger, who recently signed his two-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was a very likely scenario, as Blueger had just completed his senior year and his college eligibility for hockey had run out. Blueger was a 2nd round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. This is the word from Hockey's Future:
"Blueger is a Latvian forward who has played in North America since he was 14. He is a skilled, two-way player who possesses a great hockey IQ. He also plays with a fair amount of physical flair, and is not afraid to get dirty in the corners or down low. He is also very good at faceoffs. Physically, Blueger must continue to get stronger, but he has added a fair amount of strength since he was drafted in 2012. His skating is by no means a red flag but upgrading his explosiveness would make him a significantly greater threat offensively."
Teddy Blueger led Minnesota State in scoring, 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points. Blueger was a First Team WCHA selection, led the WCHA in scoring (21 apples in 28 games), and finished 2nd in WCHA scoring (7 goals and 21 assists for 28 points.)
Blueger will be heading to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, along with Jake Guentzel. This is a very interesting situation, as after the Charlottetown Islanders finish their season, the WBS Penguins will also be receiving top Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong. A meeting of the Penguins prospects hockey minds will be taking place soon!
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