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Scouting Penguins Prospects and Tournament Roster: Defense (PHN+)



Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Calen Addison
Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Calen Addison. Photo by Greg Thornberry

The Pittsburgh Penguins were embarrassed at the Prospect Challenge in Buffalo last year. Their squad of prospects was no match for the other teams from Buffalo and Boston which iced a roster with NHL potentials. The Penguins did not have a team with NHL prospects, but a patchwork of low ceiling players and undrafted college free agents signed to fill spaces.

The 2019 Penguins team should be far more competitive after using the 2019 first-round draft choice, their first in the Jim Rutherford era, on Sam Poulin and a third-round pick on Nathan Legare. The Penguins also signed young but accomplished Finnish Elite League goalie Emil Larmi, 22, and 2016 fifth-round pick (151st overall) from Finland, defenseman Niclas Almari also holds promise.

The Penguins roster will also have a few young players who got a taste of professional hockey in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. Anthony Angello, Sam Lafferty, and  Sam Miletic played full seasons for the WBS Penguins, while prospect defenseman Calen Addison and forward Jordy Bellerive stopped by for a cup of coffee.

Defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, 20, was acquired from Arizona in the Phil Kessel trade with Alex Galchenyuk. He will also be on the roster.

Today, we’re scouting the defense prospects. Join PHN+ today for exclusive scouting reports, analysis and in-depth and professional coverage of the prospects tournament, training camp and the regular season.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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