Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Elite group of defensive prospects
  • Several NHL ready prospects
  • Deep group of speedy, gritty forwards
Weaknesses
  • Many prospects are long-term projects
  • Many prospects are high risk/reward

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tristan Jarry CHL 7.5 C
2. Matt Murray Pro 7.0 C
3. Sean Maguire NCAA 7.0 D
4. Eric Hartzell Pro 6.0 B

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kasperi Kapanen Europe 8.0 C
2. Beau Bennett Pro 7.5 B
3. Josh Archibald Pro 7.0 C
4. Anton Zlobin Pro 7.0 C
5. Jaden Lindo CHL 6.5 D
6. Bryan Rust Pro 6.0 B
7. Matia Marcantuoni Pro 6.0 C
8. Adam Payerl Pro 5.5 B

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Scott Wilson Pro 7.0 C
2. Tom Kühnhackl Pro 7.0 D
3. Jayson Megna Pro 6.5 B
4. Dominik Uher Pro 6.0 B
5. Troy Josephs NCAA 6.0 C
6. Bobby Farnham Pro 4.5 B

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Teddy Blueger NCAA 7.0 C
2. Oskar Sundqvist Europe 7.0 C
3. Jake Guentzel NCAA 7.0 C
4. Jean-Sebastien Dea Pro 7.0 C
5. Blaine Byron NCAA 7.0 D
6. Sam Lafferty Junior 6.5 D
7. Anthony Angello Junior 6.5 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Derrick Pouliot Pro 8.0 C
2. Scott Harrington Pro 7.0 B
3. Brian Dumoulin Pro 7.0 B
4. Philip Samuelsson Pro 6.5 B
5. Nick D'Agostino Pro 6.5 C
6. Reid McNeill Pro 6.5 C
7. Ryan Segalla NCAA 6.5 D
8. Harrison Ruopp Pro 6.0 C
9. Dane Birks NCAA 6.0 D
10. Jeff Taylor NCAA 6.0 D

Pittsburgh Penguins well represented at all levels of post-season play

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Scott Harrington - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Draft, defenseman Scott Harrington has quickly developed into one of the Penguins most promising defensive prospects. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL)

If the old adage that says success breeds more success is correct, then the future for the Pittsburgh Penguins appears quite bright. The organization has many players who went the distance in their respective post-seasons, including three who competed for a Memorial Cup, two who played in the NCAA Frozen Four, and roughly a dozen more currently competing in the NHL and AHL playoffs.

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Bennett, Despres among those featured in Pittsburgh Penguins prospect awards

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Beau Bennett - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Winger Beau Bennett has been impressive in his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 21-year-old was drafted 20th overall in 2010. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

The Pittsburgh Penguins had numerous prospects with standout seasons this year, but few if any rivaled the performances of NHL rookies Simon Despres and Beau Bennett. Drafted in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Bennett and Despres were instrumental in helping the team to a 36-12 record.

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Team Rankings: Detroit Red Wings deep prospect pool leads the middle group

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Dan DeKeyser - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Detroit’s signing of Western Michigan defenseman Dan DeKeyser has improved the team’s breakout and transition game (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)

Below is the middle section of the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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Pittsburgh Penguins show preference for NCAA talent

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Oskar Sundqvist - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Forward Oskar Sundqvist is the only European trained prospect currently in the Penguins system. Sundqvist was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With a front office and coaching staff made up almost entirely of former NCAA hockey players, it should come as no surprise that the Pittsburgh Penguins love to draft and develop collegiate level talent. However, there are also pragmatic reasons as to why Penguins draft collegiate bound players. The biggest reason is because NHL teams are afforded two more years with NCAA players before they have to make a decision regarding whether or not they will sign the player to an entry-level contract. That extra development time is crucial for a team like the Penguins, who rely heavily on mid-to-late round draft picks to keep their cupboard stocked.

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Derrick Pouliot leads deep and talented group of Pittsburgh Penguins prospects

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Beau Bennett - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Winger Beau Bennett has been impressive in his short time in the NHL. Recalled in mid-February, Bennett has played almost exclusively with forwards James Neal and Evgeni Malkin. (courtesy of Travis Golby/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the NHL salary cap scheduled to go down by almost 6 million dollars in the 2013-14 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins appear to have positioned themselves well for the short and long-term future. Many of their top prospects are either playing in the NHL or knocking on the door, and given the typically affordable salaries young players make, the organization should have plenty of room to retain several star players who will be up for contract in the coming years.

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