D+ / 31st overall
As the Pittsburgh Penguins traded away handfuls of draft picks while chasing Stanley Cups, they were warned it would catch up with them eventually. That day has pretty much arrived, to put it mildly. The system is bereft of high-end prospects, as they’re the only team without a youngster in our Top 100. Luckily for the Penguins, they don’t need to develop a top-line center or No. 1 defenseman. They already have those guys. Their needs are for complementary pieces, which they try to find in free agency or at the bottom of the draft. “It’s a lot of pressure on all of us,” said assistant GM Bill Guerin, “but that’s our job.”
1. Kasper Bjorkqvist
RW, 21, 6-1, 207 – Providence (HE)
2016 draft, 61st overall
The Pens’ most NHL-ready prospect has a poli...
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