Baby Steps. Yes, the Penguins finally have a first-round draft pick – their first since 2014 – but they’ve already traded their second- and third-round selections. With five picks, Pittsburgh is basically going into the 2019 festivities par for the course, based on its recent history of trading for the present at the expense of the future.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Opponents figured out backup goalie Casey DeSmith in the second half, and given starter Matt Murray’s bad luck with injuries, the Penguins need to figure out their level of confidence in the crease. To be sure, Murray is the guy when healthy, but DeSmith needs to live up to his contract extension.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: The defense corps has been locked into some eyebrow-raising contracts lately, specifically to Erik Gudbranson and Jack ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.