For the last seven years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been a playoff team. Not finishing toward the NHL's basement is obviously a good thing for the franchise, but it makes drafting blue-chip prospects a challenge.
The Penguins have had a lot of success at the draft though, and always seem to grab a solid player whenever they get to the podium to make a selection—as evidenced by a few late-rounders appearing on this list.
Finding players that can make an impact in the latter stages of the first round or even the second and third rounds has become a hallmark of the organization. Several years of above-average drafting has resonated throughout the AHL and ECHL.
We recently took a look at a few underrated prospects. Now we're going to break down a few of the bigger names within the system. Keep in mind that most of Pittsburgh's blue chippers are at the NHL level, so the gap between the "underrated" guys and these players might not be particularly big.
That is in no way a bad thing either.
All statistics appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com.