The Penguins needed, and got, significant contributions from prospects en route to a Stanley Cup championship.
A case could be made that netminder Matt Murray was Pittsburgh’s playoff MVP. Forwards Conor Sheary, Tom Kühnhackl and Bryan Rust also contributed significantly to the team’s post-season success, while forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Scott Wilson as well as promising blueliner Derrick Pouliot got experience during the NHL regular season. As if that wasn’t enough, forwards Jake Guentzel, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon and goalie Tristan Jarry are developing in the AHL and junior. Competition for four or so forward jobs will be fierce at Pittsburgh’s main training camp.
After dealing several well-regarded defensive prospects in the past couple of years, the Penguins didn’t have much in the blueline pipeline, which they tried to address by choosing defenders with their third- through sixth-round picks in the 2016 entry draft.
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