Hockey is a simple game to follow and assess. Watching what's happening away from the puck, you can do no wrong. Players spend a bulk of their time on the ice sans a puck on their stick. You can spot good players quickly, and players that suck even quicker, given the right circumstances.
Over the course of a typical training camp, coaches and GMs can take their time flushing out the bad players. But with a week-long camp, you have to get to the point. So in addition to getting CEC packed and putting on a show for the number-one stars, the Pens were going to use this game really to nail down a couple question marks in the lineup.
Best way to do that: Get a big-time atmosphere, simulate game conditions, and hope for no injuries. To the best of our knowledge, the Pens accomplished this.
Our summary after the jump.
Brandon Sutter, a.k.a. Suttertron, is going to be a hell of a player...