Projecting Top-End Potential for Pittsburgh Penguins' Best Prospects

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Projecting Top-End Potential for Pittsburgh Penguins' Best Prospects
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have the third-longest NHL playoff appearance streak in the league, having been to the show in each of the last seven seasons. Despite icing strong teams with Stanley Cup aspirations on a yearly basis, the Pens have still managed to gather a slew of interesting and solid prospects.

It's impossible to overstress the importance of good drafting. Pittsburgh's scouts seem to be some of the best in the NHL when it comes to finding diamonds in the rough in the later parts of the first round and on down through the draft as a whole.

For the sake of this examination, to be a prospect, we're going to use the simple parameter of less than 65 games played in the NHL. Players also can't be older than 24. Those guidelines seem to work pretty well for Hockey's Future, and we'll partially adopt them here.

 

All statistics and draft data appears courtesy of HockeyDB.com.

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