Photo: Following a strong rookie year in 2012-13, forward Beau Bennett is expected to start the upcoming NHL season playing alongside Penguins center Evgeni Malkin. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have developed a reputation over recent years as a team that likes to select defensemen early and often in the NHL Draft. The philosophy shifted recently however, as the Penguins have started to build up their goaltending pool.
Photo: Former NHL forward Gary Roberts (left) coaches ECHL forward Michael Neal (right). The Gary Roberts High Performance Centre in North York, Ontario has become an increasingly popular destination for hockey players in the off-season (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Following his first season as a pro hockey player, Pittsburgh Penguins defensive prospect Reid McNeill came into the 2013 off-season with the goal of putting himself in as good of a position to succeed as humanly possible. So he took an off-season training route that is increasingly popular among NHL players, namely training with former NHL forward Gary Roberts.
Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry was the Pittsburgh Penguin first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were expected to make some noise at the 2013 NHL Draft. Heading into the draft weekend, the organization was having difficulties signing star defenseman Kris Letang to a long-term deal, creating speculation that the organization might try to shop him for a high draft pick.
Photo: Selected 22nd overall, Olli Maatta was one of two defensemen the Pittsburgh Penguins selected in the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Following a disappointing exit in the third round of the NHL playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2013 NHL Draft as a team in need of minor roster re-tooling. The franchise traded their first, second, and fifth round picks in order to acquire rental players Jarome Iginla, Doug Murray, and Brendan Morrow, and consequentially will not have a selection until the third round.
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.