Over the past few years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shown a proclivity for drafting mobile defensemen early and often out of the Canadian major junior leagues. That philosophy has shifted in the last two years however, and the organization now has focused on replenishing their goaltending and forward ranks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins front office has shown a preference for selecting mobile, puck-moving defensemen early and often in the NHL Draft. The organization believes puck-moving defensemen hold premium value in the NHL, and by having several with very high pedigree, they are in a position of strength.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have eight prospects playing at the Canadian Major Junior level, seven of whom were acquired in the 2012 off-season through the draft or trade. The Penguins, as is the case organization wide, are particularly heavy on defense at the junior level, with five defensive prospects led by 2012 first round picks Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta.
Over the past four seasons the Pittsburgh Penguins organization has made a concerted effort to draft quality defensemen and now boasts one of the deepest groups of defensive prospects in the NHL. Their forward depth, while not as impressive as the defense, has also come a long way and now has quality prospects at every position.