Photo: Guelph winger Jason Dickinson has been a standout at both ends of the ice for the Storm. The Dallas Stars draft pick registered nine assists in his last five games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Welcome to the January 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Brian Dumoulin is one of many talented young defensemen in the Penguins minor-league system. Dumoulin made his NHL debut on December 14th and played in six games before returning to the AHL. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty)
The Pittsburgh Penguins currently lead the NHL in man games lost to injury and at one point were missing their entire top-four defensive unit. The team has not missed a beat, however, and currently leads the NHL's Eastern Conference with 63 points and 31 wins.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot has been a productive offensive contributor for the Winterhawks this season, notching 30 points in 28 games (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Portland Winterhawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot's skills lean towards the offensive side of the game, and that is what he has provided to Team Canada so far at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He and his Canadian teammates have moved on to the semi-finals of this tournament by virtue of their 4-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday.
Photo: Univeristy of Nebraska-Omaha forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jake Guentzel, shown here taking part in USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp back in August, has made a quick adjustment to NCAA hockey as he has been one of the top rookies in Division I college hockey so far this season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
At the start of the NCAA collegiate hockey season, two Pittsburgh Penguins draft picks began the next step of their respective hockey journeys together when Nebraska-Omaha traveled to Marquette, MI to face Northern Michigan.
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.