Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry has been among the top goaltenders in the WHL this season. Through 23 starts, Jarry has a 15-7-0-1 record, a 1.98 goals against average, and a .923 save percentage. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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.
Photo: Red Wings draft pick Anthony Mantha has torn up the QMJHL and put himself in prime position for a prominent role on Team Canada at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Welcome to the November 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various competition levels who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Eric Hartzell is one of several promising goaltending prospects in the Pittsburgh Penguins system. Hartzell was signed as a free agent on April 14th, 2013. (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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.
Photo: Photo: Jarred Tinordi leads a deep group of defensive prospects for the Montreal Canadiens. Tinordi was selected 22nd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)
Below is the middle section of the Hockey's Future NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Forward Matia Marcantuoni is one of several Penguins prospects playing for a contract in 2013-14. Marcantuoni was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of only a handful of teams in the NHL who are expected to not just make the playoffs, but compete for the Stanley Cup. Therefore, anything short of an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals will be considered a failure.