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03-12-2012, 03:54 PM
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Pittsburgh at the draft

Pittsburgh is hosting the draft this year so it straight away removes nearly all probability of the 1st round pick being traded away. Pittsburgh has a healthy core of D-men in the wings with Despres, Harrington, Morrow, Strait and Bortuzzo all likely to make some appearances in the NHL in the future. What Pittsburgh needs is forwards, mostly wingers.

With us currently drafting at 25th and I could see a possibility that Pittsburgh could maybe go for someone like Frk (If he drops there, ranked at 25th but I reckon he'll go higher), Mike Winther or Jarred Maidens.

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03-12-2012, 04:16 PM
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Might as well just create a ''team _________ at the draft'' for each team at the frequency these are popping out. Heh.

PIT could go for a guy like Frk, they can certainly afford to take a risk.

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03-12-2012, 04:32 PM
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They definitely need to take a forward this year.

I doubt Colton Sissons would be available when it's our turn to pick, so judging by latest mock drafts on NHL.com, they don't have Henrik Samuelsson geting drafted in the 1st round. I would like to see the Pens draft him because of his family ties and his love for the team.

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They definitely need to take a forward this year.

I doubt Colton Sissons would be available when it's our turn to pick, so judging by latest mock drafts on NHL.com, they don't have Henrik Samuelsson geting drafted in the 1st round. I would like to see the Pens draft him because of his family ties and his love for the team.

I think Sissons will be unless a team like Winnepeg takes him but honestly, I think you should either take Sissons or possibly even Matteau or Derrick Pouliott. I'm a Ranger fan so I don't know on how high you think of Jordan Staal but if Crosby remains this way for a while or even retires then id seriously consider Matteau. Same thing goes with Orpik. I know hes a hard hitter but he may have a good year or 2 before he starts wearing out and becoming Hal Gill status. Thats why I'd put Pouliott on my consideration list as well for Pittsburgh. But absolutely. If Sissons was there when youre on the clock I'd take him right away.

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03-12-2012, 06:49 PM
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I think Pittsburgh should look at a power forward... who will be there I can't say but they have time to develop him so maybe a bit of a gamble.

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Isn't Frk ranked out of the top 30 now? I'd rather not reach for a guy as it didn't really work out last time Shero did it (Phillip Samuelsson 61st overall 09).

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Samuelsson seems like a good fit. Good as a c but maybe even better as a winger. Good size and physical ability. He's been playing very solid hockey and will probably be a late riser.

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Frk is coming in for some adulation on our board and is being touted as a possible selection but I think a lot of people would like to see a goaltender prospect signed. Which goaltenders could you see us signing?

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I think Pittsburgh should look at a power forward... who will be there I can't say but they have time to develop him so maybe a bit of a gamble.
I was thinking the same thing.

A guy like Stefan Matteau would look good in their system.

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Can't go wrong with Samuelsson or Frk.

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Frk is coming in for some adulation on our board and is being touted as a possible selection but I think a lot of people would like to see a goaltender prospect signed. Which goaltenders could you see us signing?
Best bet is probably Subban. Already in NA. Not to say that Dansk and Vasilevsky won't come to NA, but with Subban the ability to stay in Europe is...well...fully eliminated. Besides, he'll be easier to monitor. I think in the end this will be Subban's best selling point.

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Would Subban have the capabilities of becoming either a decent back-up, in roughly the same mould as Brent Johnson in 2009 or Bernier this year.

I don't think you'll see us drafting as many D-men this year though, we're pretty set at the back for a while.

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Would Subban have the capabilities of becoming either a decent back-up, in roughly the same mould as Brent Johnson in 2009 or Bernier this year.

I don't think you'll see us drafting as many D-men this year though, we're pretty set at the back for a while.

He`ll be good, 3-4 years away obviously


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Would Subban have the capabilities of becoming either a decent back-up, in roughly the same mould as Brent Johnson in 2009 or Bernier this year.

I don't think you'll see us drafting as many D-men this year though, we're pretty set at the back for a while.
Long development. He's no Fleury, but he's talented for sure. Could even be a starter at some point.

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He`ll be good, 3-4 years away obviously
Definitely not going to jump right in and I wouldn't want him to as it'd probably affect his growth. If he can become just a decent back-up, that'd be good. Will have to keep an eye on who drafts him.

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Definitely not going to jump right in and I wouldn't want him to as it'd probably affect his growth. If he can become just a decent back-up, that'd be good. Will have to keep an eye on who drafts him.
Id love the Habs to take him in the 2nd round. I doubt he falls that low but it would be a good idea to start making a back up plan if Price asks for too much money or bails as a UFA in 3-4 years....

But this thread is about the Pens so I will say this. After the top 6-7 guys its a toss up really. So they will end up with a decent prospect too. It just might take longer to develop than the top guys....


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Long development. He's no Fleury, but he's talented for sure. Could even be a starter at some point.
Well thats a relief.

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I want Sissons. He'd fit our team like a glove, IMO.

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Need someone to replace Malone. Take Tom Wilson.

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Definitely Sissons.

Leader, defensive-minded center (converted winger), RH shot, gritty. What else do we need from a prospect? Shero's prototype player.

Reminds me of less talented/more gritty Landeskog. Or even Mike Richards.

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Need someone to replace Malone. Take Tom Wilson.
I was coming to post that as well, though I hope the Leafs find a way to take him instead.

I don't claim to be an expert in Pittsburgh's affairs, but given what I saw in these playoffs, they should trade for a reliable top 4 D man and a 2 way top 6 forward with size and draft to augment that group in the bottom 6. The most obvious choice is to trade Staal for those two pieces.

Tom Wilson seems like a good choice.

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Why would Pittsburgh use a 1st round pick to take Malcolm Subban and then hope he becomes a solid backup? There are plenty of goalies who can be picked way later and become NHL backups like Daniel Altshuller, Francois Brassard, or Matt Murray.

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04-24-2012, 12:40 PM
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Need someone to replace Malone. Take Tom Wilson.
Bad idea IMO. You'd be better off with someone like Samuelsson or Sissons in the first then Griffith in the second.

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I could definitely see them taking Samuelsson

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