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Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby mikey287 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:27 am

I figured we could use a dumping ground/discussion area for those that have interest in our prospects. Strangely, we haven't really had anything like this and now we do. The pro (that is, AHL) guys can probably be talked about here too but I didn't want to take any traffic away from the "Affiliates" board...

Who, Why and Where

Goaltenders:
Tristan Jarry (2nd round 2013) - Edmonton (WHL)
Matt Murray (3rd round 2012) - Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Sean Maguire (4th round 2012) - Boston University (NCAA)

Defensemen:
Derrick Pouliot (1st round 2012) - Portland (WHL)
Ryan Segalla (4th round 2013) - UConn (NCAA)
Dane Birks (6th round 2013) - Michigan Tech (NCAA)

Centers:
Teodors Blugers (2nd round 2012) - Minnesota State-Mankato (NCAA)
Oskar Sundqvist (3rd round 2012) - Skellefteå (SHL)
Blaine Byron (6th round 2013) - University of Maine (NCAA)
Jake Guentzel (3rd round 2013) - University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)
Jean-Sebastien Dea (signed as a FA 9/2013) - Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
Troy Josephs (7th round 2013) - Clarkson University (NCAA)

Left Wings:
Scott Wilson (7th round 2011) - UMass-Lowell (NCAA)

Right wings:
Josh Archibald (6th round 2011) - University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)
Bryan Rust (3rd round 2010) - Notre Dame (NCAA)
Matia Marcantuoni (4th round 2012) - Kitchener (OHL)
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby mikey287 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:27 am

Our most recent top-20 article from HF: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/9 ... ns-top-20/

HF little feature on Derrick Pouliot: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/9 ... n-2013-14/
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby Take the Body Shoot the Puck on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:44 am

Hockey Prospectus did our top 10 ranking a week or so ago: http://hockeyprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1585

Their rankings:

1. Maatta
2. Dumoulin
3. Pouliot
4. Harrington
5. Sundqvist
6. Jarry
7. Blugers
8. Zlobin
9. Hartzell
10. Archibald
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby mikey287 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:46 am

Here comes a small update on all of European prospects...

Oskar Sundqvist plays for the defending champs in the newly-rebranded SHL (nee Elitserien) so finding ice time for him is tough. He's played in 7 games so far without a point. He plays 8:45 per night, with a little bit of PK time on, essentially, the third unit. He's not really put in a position to score, as many young players (who aren't superstars) on good teams are not in those leagues. He's starts in his own end quite a bit and his job is to basically not get scored on against fairly weak competition. But he's actually pretty good at it...even though the numbers aren't impressive, he's doing his best to make the most of the opportunity. He's shown a pretty decent attention detail and he doesn't get pushed around like some kids do in that league. I'd say he's about a 50/50 shot to make the World Juniors team this winter.
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby mikey287 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:48 am

Take the Body Shoot the Puck wrote:Hockey Prospectus did our top 10 ranking a week or so ago: http://hockeyprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1585

Their rankings:

1. Maatta
2. Dumoulin
3. Pouliot
4. Harrington
5. Sundqvist
6. Jarry
7. Blugers
8. Zlobin
9. Hartzell
10. Archibald


Thank you for the contribution!

It's a strange ranking. I can't think of a way to rank Sundqvist over Blugers, or Dumoulin over Harrington. Interesting none the less...
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby Take the Body Shoot the Puck on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:48 am

mikey287 wrote:
Take the Body Shoot the Puck wrote:Hockey Prospectus did our top 10 ranking a week or so ago: http://hockeyprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1585

Their rankings:

1. Maatta
2. Dumoulin
3. Pouliot
4. Harrington
5. Sundqvist
6. Jarry
7. Blugers
8. Zlobin
9. Hartzell
10. Archibald


Thank you for the contribution!

It's a strange ranking. I can't think of a way to rank Sundqvist over Blugers, or Dumoulin over Harrington. Interesting none the less...



Yeah, the high ranking of Sundqvist really stuck out to me.
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby mikey287 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:56 am

Speedster Matia Marcantuoni is playing for what was an offensively-challenged team last year in Kitchener...this year he's been moved to center and he's playing with Sabres draft Justin Bailey on his right and I think it's Brent Pedersen on his left. He's 2+2 in 3 games so far. I could see them using both at center and on the wing this year, depending on if they need to jump start Radek Faksa (and/or get him away from his average linemates).

With Derrick Pouliot being returned to Portland, the Winterhawks should once again challenge in the WHL. I'm in love with Nic Petan (Winnipeg 2nd round) and having that #1D/#1C dynamic combo is deadly at any level. Pouliot can go a long way to rounding out his game this season...or so I hope...
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby Take the Body Shoot the Puck on Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:28 pm

Good to hear Marcantuoni is off to a good start. Hopefully he can stay healthy AND round out his game. I'd love it if his future could be more than "the speedster that never was".
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby meecrofilm on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:51 pm

Tristan Jarry has had a pretty bad start to the season... 3.36 GAA and a .886 SV% through 8 games, and by all accounts that has included more "softies" than one would hope for.
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby pressure=9Pa on Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:49 am

I'm going to see Bryan Rust in person in a couple of weeks. I'll report back, although I certainly don't have the eye for things like this that others on the board do.
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby mikey287 on Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:10 am

Holy cow...Josh Archibald is fast. I'm not sure I've ever seen him on my TV before in HD...this kid is a burner.
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Re: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Progress Post - 2013-14

Postby sjnhiils on Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:34 pm

mikey287 wrote:Here comes a small update on all of European prospects...

Oskar Sundqvist plays for the defending champs in the newly-rebranded SHL (nee Elitserien) so finding ice time for him is tough. He's played in 7 games so far without a point. He plays 8:45 per night, with a little bit of PK time on, essentially, the third unit. He's not really put in a position to score, as many young players (who aren't superstars) on good teams are not in those leagues. He's starts in his own end quite a bit and his job is to basically not get scored on against fairly weak competition. But he's actually pretty good at it...even though the numbers aren't impressive, he's doing his best to make the most of the opportunity. He's shown a pretty decent attention detail and he doesn't get pushed around like some kids do in that league. I'd say he's about a 50/50 shot to make the World Juniors team this winter.

I seemed to notice him more than others at the prospects camp. Big body and hard on the puck. i think he could be a good third line center. As for "sleepers," how about Blaine Byron? I read somewhere that , although small, he was one of the best skaters in the draft and a good playmaker.
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