Hello again, Pens fans!

With Pittsburgh training camp set to begin in a couple days and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton camp set to follow soon after, our hockey coverage is about to kick into high gear.

With that in mind, I’d like to direct you to our new Facebook page: CV Penguins Insider. Notice the slight change in name from the old page to coincide with this blog. My hope is to make the two symbiotic, with the blog serving as the more text-driven home and the Facebook page being for photos and other multimedia features. And of course, I’ll try my best to share our meat-and-potatoes coverage items across both.

The big news since our last check in has been Taylor Swift releasing her new singles. My jury is still out on “Look What You Made Me Do.”

I’m kidding, obviously, but it’s been a relatively quiet summer for the Pens. JS Dea is back with the organization since mid-August, and of course the team filled out its vacancies at assistant coach and on the training staff.

A new name we should be getting familiar with now is Jordy Bellerive. Pittsburgh competed this weekend at the 2017 Prospects Challenge, and the 18-yard-old was a breakout star. With the team on an amateur tryout contract, Bellerive netted a hat trick on Saturday against New Jersey’s prospects and managed to outshine the highly-anticipated return of Daniel Sprong.

These observations from Pittsburgh team reporter Michelle Crechiolo give a quick summary of his skill set. He’s not a big skater at 5-foot-10, but note that Donatelli likes his pace of play and compete level. That’s exactly the type of player that has excelled in this organization the last couple years.

The latest word is that Bellerive played his way into Pittsburgh camp:

We’ll definitely have to keep an eye on his progress.

That’s all I have for now — enjoy your Monday!

Tyler