Pittsburgh Penguins 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Updates

Mark Allan


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Squeezed hard even against the increased $79.5-million salary cap limit, GM Jim Rutherford has had a hectic off-season. So far, he’s drafted four hopefuls, dealt Conor Sheary, Matt Hunwick, Carter Rowney and Jarred Tinordi, and signed UFAs who include Jack Johnson and Matt Cullen – as well as retaining numerous prospects led by Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon – and making at least a dozen other transactions.


Unless he indulges in one or more of the intriguing rumors making the rounds (i.e. trading Phil Kessel), Rutherford’s lone remaining preseason challenge is extending top netminding prospect Tristan Jarry. According to CapFriendly, the Pens have 23 roster players under contract, another 21 signed and just a projected $745,000 left to retain RFA Jarry, whose previous AAV was $905,000. He’ll expect a modest raise at the least.


Draft Review


2nd Round: 53rd Overall – Calen Addison, D

Compared to Kris Letang should he reach his potential, the 5-10, 180-pounder used keen offensive instincts and oodles of PP time to rack up 65 points in 68 WHL games for Lethbridge. That included 54 assists, underscoring his ability as a man-advantage QB, not a triggerman. Minus-18 with the Hurricanes, th