Mackey: Rookie tournament roster/schedule


See yinz in London.

OK, OK, Ontario.

For the Penguins’ rookie tournament with the Senators, the Maple Leafs and the Blackhawks.

The team will play three games in four days Sept. 13-16, and Thursday morning the Penguins formally announced who will make the trip.

I was not on it, though I will be going.

Not many surprises Pens-wise. Defenseman Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin will take part. Same for goaltender Tristan Jarry and forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Josh Archibald.

The Penguins’ rookies open with a 2 p.m. game against Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Budweiser Gardens, home to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.

They play Chicago at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 and Toronto at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and assistant coach Alain Nasreddine will oversee the tournament, per the official release that’s viewable here.

It’s an interesting trip for Harrington, who was a junior player for the Knights and won back-to-back OHL championships in 2012 and ’13.

Harrington tied for second among WBS defensemen with 24 points this past season, his first as a professional.

Kapanen turned quite a few heads at developmental camp, prompting this reaction from assistant general manager Bill Guerin: “He’s even better than I thought he’d be.”

Dumoulin had 12 points in 17 games in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. Jarry helped the Edmonton Oil Kings to a Western Hockey League and Memorial Cup championship. And Archibald was a 2014 Hobey Baker finalist at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Be GRATEFUL to each other,