Deep Defensive Pipeline Pens GM Ray Shero's Latest Masterpiece

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Deep Defensive Pipeline Pens GM Ray Shero's Latest Masterpiece
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The Penguins have not let their defensive approach rest at the past two NHL entry drafts, selecting three defensemen in the first round over that span. This tactic by general manager Ray Shero, whose top prospects now include seven defensemen formerly first- or second-round picks, has laid the blueprint for how the team can approach the post-Jordan Staal era — or the prime stage in the careers of franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The NHL free-agent period opens at noon Sunday, and the Penguins’ defensive depth at the prospect level has shaped the following strategies:

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