The American Hockey League has switched its conference format for the 2015-16 season as there are now two divisions in each conference. In the Eastern Conference, it’s now the Atlantic and North Divisions – with the Manchester Monarchs, Worcester Sharks and Norfolk Admirals no longer AHL franchises. All three have re-located west as the league has added five teams in California as part of the AHL’s western expansion. Read more»
The Pittsburgh Penguins have gone to great lengths to improve their forwards under the guidance of GM Jim Rutherford. But it has not been without great cost. The team has traded a substantial amount of assets over the past year and lacks much in the way of high-end depth. However, there are several players pushing for roles in the NHL, as well as a couple promising players down the pipeline. Read more»
The Pittsburgh Penguins improved their NHL roster a fair amount in the 2015 offseason, but it was at the expense of their future. Once possessing one of the deepest groups of defensive prospects in the league, trades and graduations have left the coffers empty. It will only get worse too, as several of the Penguins’ top prospects are set to graduate during the 2015-16 season. 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.