The first day of camp, and the first update


Good morning, dear readers — though, I suspect some of you are at Consol Energy Center for the first Penguins practices in this new facility. The end zones of the lower bowl are nearly full, and I’ve seen enough fans wandering the concourses to suspect there is a record turnout by fans for the first day of camp.

The time is 10:07 a.m. and a scrimmage is approaching. I’ll send some updates.

I’m looking at the A-B-C practice groups, and draw your own conclusions, but these players on one-way contracts are in the following groups:

GROUP A:(forwards) Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis; (defense) Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik; (goalie) Brent Johnson. Prospects worth watching: (defense) Simon Despres.

GROUP B:(forwards) Matt Cooke, Max Talbot, Craig Adams, Arron Asham, Craig Adams, Mike Rupp; (defense) Alex Goligoski. Prospects worth watching: (defense) Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland; (forward) Mark Letestu.

GROUP C:(forwards) Mike Comrie, Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin; (defense) Kris Letang, Paul Martin; (goalie) Marc-Andre Fleury. Prospects worth watching: (forwards) Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey.

= Units to start the scrimmage: (white team) Cooke-Letestu-Asham/Goligoski-Lovejoy; (black team) Kunitz-Crosby-Duspuis/Orpik-Michalek.