August 24, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2015 NHL Draft
|NA||137||SIMON, Dominik||C||8/8/1994||5.11||176||Plzen HC||CzeE|
|NA||167||TIFFELS, Frederik||LW||5/20/1995||6.01||200||Western Michigan||NCHC|
|140||197||PAVLYCHEV, Nikita||C||3/23/1997||6.07||200||Des Moines||USHL|
ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Daniel Sprong (ISS Ranked #26 in 2015, Overall drafted #46 in 2015 NHL Draft) – The Penguins have a lot of good young forwards and are happy to add another gifted offensive threat who possesses quick hands and a lethal shot.
The Penguins already loaded up front can afford to be patient and give him the time he needs to develop.
Derrick Pouliot (ISS Ranked #22 in 2012, Overall drafted #8 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Pouliot along with Olli Maatta are the future and present building blocks for the Penguins. Offensive defenseman with an abundance of natural skill. Mobile, puck advancing defender with excellent offensive instincts and ability to read the game. Pouliot’s development curve throughout this season alone has been tremendous.
Olli Maatta (ISS Ranked #12 in 2012, Overall drafted #22 in 2012 NHL Draft) – The Penguins had high hopes for Maatta after drafting him 22nd overall and have to be pleased with his quick development. Reliable two-way defender who can play in all situations and shows upside on both sides of the puck. Needs to bounce back from injury plagued 2014/15 season.
Beau Bennett (ISS Ranked #34 in 2010, Overall drafted #20 in 2010 NHL Draft) – Although there hasn’t been as rapid development as the team would have liked in Bennett’s game since 2010, there is no doubt he remains big part of its future. Expect his level of play and production to rise next year as he takes on a bigger role in the offense. This is a pivotal season for his development.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Matt Murray (ISS Ranked #4 in 2012, Overall drafted #83 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Selected AHL Best Goaltender big things are expected of Murray, 21, who began his pro career last year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Also selected Rookie of the Year, he appeared in 40 regular season games and was 25-10-1 with 12 shutouts, posting a 1.58 goals against.
“The only real thing that stands out from the Penguins’s draft is Daniel Sprong falling to them in the second round.”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Sprong is one of the top scoring threats in this year’s draft however he can disappear at times, needs to learn to compete for 60 minutes. Sometimes looks like a star, other times, he is invisible. General Manager Jim Rutherford may have had below average draft but likely isn’t too broken up about it as it was their willingness to move picks that allowed them to add players like David Perron and Phil Kessel and make a very good run at the Stanley Cup.”
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Ottawa Senators – 08/05/2015
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