Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Bryan Rust is among the rookie goal-scoring leaders in the AHL so far in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
While the defensemen in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization have brought most of the talk as far as highly-touted prospects are concerned, several rookie forwards with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – particularly those transitioning from college – are enjoying success at the pro-level through the first quarter of the 2014-15 season. Read more»
Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry is one of a small handful of prospects who represent the Pittsburgh Penguins in the CHL. Jarry is currently in his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a scant group of prospects playing at the Canadian major junior and junior-A levels of hockey. For a variety of reasons, the Penguins organization drafted only two players from the CHL over the past two seasons and has only one player currently playing in the USHL.
Photo: Hershey Bears defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Connor Carrick has been productive for the Bears in the early portion of the 2014-15 AHL season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
Through the first five weeks of the 2014-15 season, there have been plenty of surprises in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference, including fast starts by rookies David Pastrnak and Chase Balisy and by teams who struggled last season such as the Worcester Sharks and Hartford Wolf Pack. Read more»
Photo: Hulking winger Adam Lowry made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets this season. Lowry was a third round pick at the 2011 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Below is the 11-20 segment of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference purposes, 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, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.
Photo: Jean Sebastien Dea is part of a large group of forwards who are beginning their professional career with the Penguins organization. Dea was signed as a free agent in 2013. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
When Jim Rutherford took over the general manager job for the Pittsburgh Penguins last June, he inherited an organization that was shallow at forward, from the NHL level all the way through the prospect rankings. Rutherford did not take long to address the problem, first picking four forwards in the 2014 NHL Draft, then augmenting the Penguins NHL roster with several talented veteran players.