A special update today, as this will not be my regularly scheduled posting day, because I wanted to update you on the recent uptick in activity by the Penguins scouting staff.
The Pens are beginning their final preparations for the trade deadline on February 29th, and are scouting numerous games as usual to that end. They are also drawing more scouts to their games, as well, on the opposite side of things. This increase in action is normal for the time period, but always worth keeping an eye on to see which teams are looking at each other.
To keep you apprised of where everyone is popping up, here's a full run-down of who has been where so far relating to the Penguins.
-February 9th: The Penguins had scout Al Santilli present at the Canadiens-Lightning game, according to Hockey Inside/Out.
-February 6th: The Pens' Al Santilli also appeared at the Bruins-Sabres, according to CSN New England's Joe Haggerty.
-February 6th: The Penguins also had a scout at the AHL Ontario Reign vs. San Jose Barracuda game. Those teams housing the AHL talent for the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks respectively. That scout list comes from Spike Coffman of Mayors Manor.
-January 25th: The Penguins had a scout at the Stars-Flames game, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
-January 21st: Penguins' scout Derek Clancey was in attendance at the Coyotes-Sharks game, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.
-January 22nd: The Pens had a scout at the AHL Lake Erie Monsters-Milwaukee Admirals game. Those teams housing the minor leaguers for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators. That report from The Hockey Writers' Mark Scheig.
-January 19th: A Penguins scout was present at the Devils-Flames game, according to The Hockey Writers' Dan Rice.
-January 2nd: Penguins scouts were at the AHL's Utica Comets-St. John's IceCaps game, per the Comets' Don Laible. The Comets house the Vancouver Canucks' players and the IceCaps house the Montreal Canadiens' players.
-December 29th: The Penguins had a scout at the Devils-Hurricanes game, per The Hockey Writers' Dan Rice.
-December 27th: The Penguins scouts were at the AHL Utica Comets-Syracuse Crunch game once again reported by the Comets' Don Laible. Syracuse being the Tampa Bay Lightning's affiliate team.
-December 8th: The Flyers-Islanders game was attended by a Pens scout, per NHL.com's Adam Kimelman.
-December 1st: The Pens had a scout at the Devils-Avalanche game, according to Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.
And the list of other teams who've scouted Penguins' games:
-February 10th: Last night's Penguins-Rangers game was scouted by 15 scouts total. The Toronto Maple Leafs sent 2, of those 15, according to the Post Gazette's Seth Rorabaugh.
-February 2nd: During the Pens-Senators game, 11 scouts from 10 teams were in the house. With 2 scouts present from the Sabres, per TSN's Dean Brown.
-January 6th: The Penguins-Blackhawks game was attended by scouts from Kings, Senators, Red Wings, Capitals, Sabres, and Canadiens, per Comcast Sportsnet Chicago's Charlie Roumeliotis.
-December 9th: At the Penguins-Avalanche game, scouts were present from the Canucks, Kings, Blackhawks, Blues, Canadiens, & Lightning, per Drew Spevak of Denver Sports 760 radio.
To summarize these reports:
The Pens and a handful of teams are popping up on each others scouting radars a bit. From these dipatches we can see Pittsburgh is being scouted by and/or scouting the following clubs (and their farm teams) multiple times-
In the Eastern Conference: Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning.
And out in the Western Conference: Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks.
With a little over 2 weeks until the trade deadline, we'll have to wait and see whether or not any of these visits ultimately lend in facilitating a certain transaction in the end. I'll be sure to keep you updated on any further scouting visits in this article series in the meantime.
A.C. was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Is currently working as a classic film writer and historian, and pursuing a further degree in that field. An alumni of Wesleyan who majored in film studies. A former head writer and original founder of Pens Report, who stepped back involvement after selling the site to pursue an additional, advanced film studies degree. In the past has covered MMA and international and NCAA wresting as a freelancer for several major sites. On Twitter @thepenguinspost and reachable via email at email@example.com