The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2018 NHL Draft was like several other individuals that the group has professional in excess of the earlier a number of years. The group traded away its very first-spherical decide at the 2018 Trade Deadline in an try to make a deep playoff thrust. When they were being quiet on the very first day of the draft, the Penguins found worth in the next spherical and beyond.
So considerably, just 6 players from this draft have made their NHL debuts, like best decide and Calder Trophy candidate Rasmus Dahlin. None of Pittsburgh’s crop of picks have even arrived at the AHL degree, but they all have sturdy attributes that could direct to long run NHL achievements.
Defenseman Calen Addison – 2nd Round, 53rd Total
The Penguins’ very first variety of the 2018 draft was a kind of player that Pittsburgh has often cherished: a puck-relocating defenseman. Calen Addison is the most up-to-date large-ceiling offensive blueliner that the Penguins have picked up and so considerably he seems to healthy the mould.
The 5-foot-11 Canadian had a monster 2017-18 campaign with the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes. He buried 11 goals and 65 points right before notching one more 19 points all through a deep postseason run. This season, he’s best-5 among the WHL defensemen with one more 52 points, like 27 on the energy perform.
In spite of his smaller frame, Addison does have a really sturdy shot from the place and is aware of how to push the offensive game. His shot is also pretty accurate for his degree of experience and it only looks to be getting much better. Addison could be the best in general prospect in the Penguins’ technique right now.
Forward Filip Hallander – 2nd Round, 58th Total
Pittsburgh traded up to make one more next-spherical decide with the Swedish Filip Hallander nevertheless on the board. They moved up 6 spots by investing the Senators 3rd-spherical decide and their individual fifth. Like Addison, Hallander slipped a bit further than most anticipated, producing this next spherical duo appear like a key achievements for the Penguins.
The 18-yr-aged ahead doesn’t appear out of location in the Swedish Hockey League going through the most professional players in the state. Hallander has seven goals and 17 points in 34 games after scoring 20 points in 40 games past season.
1 of the most essential methods in his growth will be figuring out no matter whether he’s much better suited on the left wing or as a centre. Hallander has wonderful offensive skills and is a sturdy skater, but may possibly not have the in general ice eyesight to be as efficient as a centre. As he continues to create his intangibles, he must make for a sturdy best-nine ahead. On best of that, he’s clearly with a group that sees a lot of opportunity in him, which is often superior for a younger player’s self-confidence.
Center Justin Almeida – 5th Round, 129th Total
Coming in at just 5-foot-11, 160 kilos, Justin Almeida’s offensive prowess was somewhat overlooked as he slid down to the fifth spherical past yr. However, it’s difficult to disregard how profitable he’s been at the WHL degree.
Almeida potted 43 goals and 98 points with the Moose Jaw Warriors all through the 2017-18 campaign and is presently up to 77 points (32 of these coming on the man advantage) in just 49 games this season. It’s shaping up to be his next straight season among the the best-10 WHL scorers.
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He turned 20 years aged before this thirty day period and doesn’t look to be physically completely ready for the upcoming degree just however. Nevertheless, with his dynamic speed and perform-producing skills, he could make an impact at the NHL degree once he gains a bit of dimensions.
Forward Liam Gorman – 6th Round, 177th Total
Liam Gorman is the greatest wild card of this team and rightfully so — he was a sixth-spherical variety. The 6-foot-3 ahead will choose his talents to Boston College upcoming season wherever he’ll go on his growth.
At 194 kilos, Gorman must fill out his frame a bit in excess of the upcoming handful of years with Boston College. It will be really essential for him to work on equally his speed and physicality, supplying him the best prospect at producing it to the NHL. Late-spherical picks are normally viewed as lottery tickets, but the Penguins snagged two in 2018 that could develop into winners.
Total, it looks as though Pittsburgh’s 2018 draft was a respectable a single given that the group took just four players and none in the very first spherical. They obtained a pair of players they cherished that slid back just a handful of slots all through the next spherical. On best of that, the Penguins obtained two more younger forwards with some upside down the highway late in the draft. Only time will convey to how these players pan out, but the group has a good deal to appear ahead to.