Despite maintaining the third-longest current playoff streak in the NHL (seven seasons), the Pittsburgh Penguins have proven capable of finding cornerstone-type players in the later stages of the first round and even on down through the second and third.
Kris Letang was a third-round selection. Rob Scuderi was a fifth-rounder, albeit all the way back in 1998.
Mix in a high level of quality free-agent pickups and a rock-solid track record of coming out on the winning side of trades, and the Penguins have a bright future despite being a Stanley Cup contending team year in and year out.
With that in mind, it's interesting to consider who their best players will be within the next half decade.
Statistics appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com.