As the final hours of speculation dwindle down before the 2014 NHL draft kicks off in Philadelphia tomorrow, general manager Jim Rutherford and his Pittsburgh Penguins are making their last minute considerations as to whom they will select with the No. 22 pick.
This year’s selection process is stockpiled with talented wingers, which is good news for the Pens.
The club has arguably the top two centers in the league in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, as well as the budding Brandon Sutter on the third line. However, finding the right men to flank them has started turning into an ordeal for the front office.
With Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz closing in on the dog days of their careers, as well as the futures of James Neal and Jussi Jokinen hanging in the balance, the Penguins are in need of some serious help at wing.
Sure, free agency and trades are viable options for short-term fixes, but the NHL draft is the obvious tool for the long run.
With the draft set to start at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow, let’s take one final look at the kids who may be calling the Golden Triangle their new home.