It is, of course, far too early to declare this experiment a success.

The sampling is too small to reach any serious conclusions.

Still, that doesn't mean the Penguins can't be encouraged by what they've seen from James Neal since he was shifted to right wing at the start of training camp.

"I think the best he's looked in camp is when he's been on the right side," coach Dan Bylsma said Monday. "At times, he's done very well out there."