Wednesday, January 16, 2008

2 Pens Prospects Named OHL All-Stars

Congratulations to Penguin prospects Dustin Jeffrey and Luca Caputi for being named to the Ontario Hockey League’s All-Star team. It’s impossible to declare both (or either) of these prospects as surefire NHL contributors but one certainly has to give a nod to the scouting staff for digging up these players. Jeffrey was a 6th round pick (171st overall in 2007) and Caputi was drafted in the 4th round (111th overall).

Jeffrey impressed at camp and was given a long look. With all the veterans and contracts he wasn’t close to cracking the NHL lineup but it was clear the brass was impressed by him. In fact, a couple weeks into the season they signed him to a contract. Jeffrey has 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 31 games so far this season.

Caputi is listed at 6’3 and 185. Once he fills out Caputi could be a forceful power forward that is so coveted around the league. Caputi is 6th in the OHL in scoring with 64 points (32 goals, 32 assists) in 42 games. He’s also accumulated 74 penalty minutes. His 32 goals are tied for 2nd in the league. He's tied with Steven Samkos, the expected #1 overall pick of this June's draft, btw

As we said though, both have a long journey to Pittsburgh and the NHL but it looks like the pipeline is still churning out players that are difference makers at the junior/collegiate level.

(Hat-tip to japers for the link)

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