Training Camp Off to Brutal Start in Pittsburgh

When Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford acquired Kasperi Kapanen it was so he could jump onto a line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel, to use his speed and to keep up with those two Penguins stars and contribute on a nightly basis in a top-6 role. 

So far, he hasn't even hit the ice.

The Penguins forward is being held up from joining his teammates at training camp because of visa issues in the United States and it makes you wonder why this wasn't handled long before training camp was supposed to start. With a short season with no preseason games and only a ten day camp, every day is vital and the chemistry of his potential line is one of the many burning questions for the Penguins.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan admitted he's not sure when Kapanen will be able to join his teammates which is brutal operations by the team. This should have been dealt with long before the first day of training camp. 

Last season in Toronto, the 24-year-old Kapanen finished the year with 13 goals in 69 games. Pittsburgh's hoping he can improve on these numbers playing every night with #87. Let's just start with practice at this point.

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