The Pittsburgh Penguins have seemingly mastered the art of snagging blue-chip prospects in the later stages of the first round. Jay Heinbuck and Randy Sexton—the co-directors of amateur scouting for the team—know on a yearly basis that their chances of making a lotto selection are nonexistent.
Barring a trade of some kind—like when Pittsburgh traded into the top 10 in 2012—the Penguins look to their scouts to find good, young players in the back half of the first round. While the first 10 picks or so generally make themselves with maybe one or two surprises, the field is typically wide open by the time Pittsburgh's brass steps up to the mic to make a pick.
For the purposes of this examination, we're going to assume the Penguins won't be making a lottery pick, and that they won't be picking any sooner than 15th since the first 14 selections go to the teams that do not make the playoffs.
Keeping that in mind, there are several outstanding young players Pittsburgh's scouting staff should be keeping a close eye on because of how well they'd fit in with the organization.
All statistics appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com and are accurate through games played up to January 28.