Pittsburgh Penguins' Most Underrated Prospect at Each Position

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Most Underrated Prospect at Each Position
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Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Brian Dumoulin during a recent stint in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't always possessed an enviable amount of depth that reaches all the way down to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. In the late 1990s, the team struck out with its early-round picks consistently.

From the ill-fated selection of Milan Kraft at No. 23 in 1998 to failed "goaltender of the future" Craig Hillier at No. 23 in 1996, the Penguins weren't known for their ability to find gems, regardless of where they were picking.

A lot has changed since the days of Aleksey Morozov though.

Since alternating first-overall and second-overall selections from 2003-06, the Penguins haven't drafted higher than 20 in any given year—except for the No. 8 selection that came from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Jordan Staal in 2012.

He was the last of their high picks, and since taking Staal the Penguins have done a masterful job of uncovering steals in the latter stages of the first round. While some of those players are highly touted (think Simon Despres and Beau Bennett) there are some other notable pieces that linger a bit deeper in Pittsburgh's system.

 

All statistics appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com.

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