Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»
Photo: The Pittsburgh Penguins found a formidable winger in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft with the selection of Scott Wilson (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire).
The 2011 NHL Draft was a success for the Pittsburgh Penguins. None of the five players the team selected that year have developed into stars, but every single one of them has played in at least one NHL game, and several look like they should have productive NHL careers.
Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Daniel Sprong competed at three different levels of the game in 2015-16, spending time in the QMJHL, AHL, and NHL (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
It was quite a memorable first season of professional hockey for Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong.
After starting the season in the NHL with Pittsburgh, being re-assigned back to Charlottetown in the QMJHL and then returning to the pro ranks in the AHL for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ postseason run, Sprong is hoping he has learned enough about going through adversity and taking things in stride to make a run at the NHL next fall. Read more»
Photo: Toronto Marlies defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Carrick is the leading scorer in the 2016 AHL playoffs so far with 15 points in 12 games (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)
The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs are in the Conference Finals stage, and in the East, it is Atlantic Division champion Hershey against North Division champion Toronto in a best-of-seven series that will see the winner play for the Calder Cup championship against the winner of Lake Erie and Ontario. Read more»
Photo: The Penguins surprised many when they named Daniel Sprong to their opening night roster in October. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ 2015-16 NHL season may have been a lost cause if not for a bevy of talented, young prospects who helped alter the complexion of the team mid-way through the season. Read more»