The Pittsburgh Penguins have been busy trading prospects for additional chances to win another Stanley Cup. Most franchises that do that don’t have a great farm system. They don’t have a lot of “A” rated prospects, but they have B’s and C’s, and when they get to play at the NHL level with their top players it has worked for them. They know what they’re looking for in young players.
1. Sam Poulin
This versatile winger has a big body with a quick shot, and he plays in the crease. At 6-2, 214, his skating is good, and his desire to get to the net can succeed at any level.
2. Kasper Bjorkqvist
This hard to play against winger is a good two-way player with a bit of a goal-scorer’s touch. He plays in the dirty areas, and his style is suited for pro play.
3. Judd Caulfield
This 6-3, 205 right wing gets a lot of shots on net. He has a plus wrist shot, and he’s great in the crease, even in pileup situations. He can surprise you with a very skilled pass at any time.
4. Valtteri Puustinen
At 5-9, 183, this right wing has a shiftiness in his skating. A quick wrist shot and a real knack for being able to play on the power play.
5. Nathan Legare
This right-wing knows will use his body. Legare has good acceleration on the wing, and he can fire off a wrist shot before a goalie sets. Legare can make the tough pass under pressure and plays near the net on the power play.
6. Calle Clang
This Swedish netminder is in season two in the SHL, and he’s about to represent his country in the Four Nations Tournament. Athletic and extremely fast post-to-post.
7. Drew O’Connor
This 6-3 left wing could score at Dartmouth, and he’s doing the same with the big club. O’Connor has a great wrist shot and has good hands otherwise.
8. Tristan Broz
This pivot has decent speed and some good deception in his shot. He’s good on the power play and has a very accurate wrist show.
9. Chase Yoder
This center is a bottom-six talent who plays with energy. He’s good on draws and the penalty kill. Yoder has good push to the net. He plays physically as well.
10. Isaac Belliveau
This 6-2 defenseman has been playing in the “Q”. He’s a good passer with a good, accurate one-timer, and he gets power play time. Belliveau is a good under-the-radar player.
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