Inside Pittsburgh Sports have done a great job examining the Penguins prospects that have been developing in the system for next season. Could any of them help out the team next year?
They list last year's #1 draft pick Simon Despres, an 18 year old defenseman, as the top prospect with the #2 going to the highly touted Eric Tangradi. I would think that Simon Despres could get in to the Baby Pens roster next year after a career high 47 points (9-38) in the Q with the St. John's Sea Dogs.
Tangredi is a big winger that the Penguins need and with his rookie contract, it could also help the Penguins financially under the salary cap. He played 1 game last season and scored 39 points in his first AHL campaign.
My virtual money is on Tangredi making the team pending a great camp tryout. The Penguins are known to have a lot of patience with their prospects when in fact they have a load of talent on the major league squad already.
[Via: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com]