February 17. 2013 6:04AM
Free agent signings and rookies have spent the summer chomping at the bit to show off their stuff with their new team, and it showed in Sunday's scrimmage.
Rookies Joe Morrow, Brian Dumoulin, Dominik Uher, Jayson Megna and Michael Neal (James' brother) all stood out at one time or another. New faces Warren Peters (looked really good on faceoffs and moving the puck into the zone), Philippe Dupuis (physical, creating offense), Benn Ferriero (physical, forechecking) and Jeff Zatkoff all looked good.
Although the scrimmage finished in a scoreless tie, it was still as spirited contest. That's partly because the coaches for the event - Dan Bylsma with team white and Bill Guerin leading team black provided plenty of enthusiasm. It's obvious that the lockout has mad Bylsma anxious to get back behind the bench, and Guerin is always enthused no matter what capacity he's helping out with.
When you have two guys like that pumped up, it has to carry over to the players.
The Penguins are off tomorrow (Monday), but I'll have a story in Tuesday's paper with Zatkoff. He's a very good interview and kind of reminds of Scott Munroe with how insightful he is with his answers. Zatkoff talked about spending three years with the Kings organization but never getting an NHL look, the goaltender competition with Brad Thiessen and the importance of befriending the other goalie no matter what team you're on.
One last note: Steve MacIntyre was listed on team white's roster but wasn't on the bench. Still, it looks like he may arrive in Wilkes-Barre relatively soon.