The 2012 edition of the USA’s WJC squad featured a few new faces that weren’t involved with the bronze medal team from last year’s tournament. One of those players is Josh Archibald, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect who currently plays for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While the U.S. squad’s seventh place finish is probably not what Archibald had hoped for, it was still an experience that he can build off of as he tries to move his career forward.
Archibald talked about taking part in the 2012 WJC following the USA’s final game at this tournament. Read more»
The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the 2011 NHL draft with five picks and left with two defenseman and three forwards. They spent their first two picks on defensemen, the second time in three years they have done so, and drafted several project forwards in the later rounds.
While there may have been some initial shock among fans that the organization drafted defensemen early, especially given the stockpile of blueliners they currently have in the organization, it should be no surprise given General Manager Ray Shero’s history. In his previous five drafts with the Penguins, Shero selected five defensemen in the first three rounds, a number that is accentuated by the fact the organization has traded away many of its early round picks over the past few years. Prior to joining the Penguins, Shero worked in the front office of the Nashville Predators, an organization renowned for stockpiling and developing defensemen.