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Insider Only 10/25/12: Tracking Penguins Top-35 Prospects

TRACKING PENGUINS TOP-35 PROSPECTS

OCTOBER PROSPECT RANKINGS (Top-35)
1. D Joe Morrow | 2011 1st rd pick | Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 1 Goal – 0 Assists – 1 Pts – -2 rating – 15 PIM
Buzz: The Penguins top prospect is only one of five players to score through four games.
2. D Simon Despres | 2009 1st rd pick | Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 0 Goals – 1 Assist – 1 Pts – 0 – 4 PIM
Buzz: Despres and Brian Strait are the only defensemen who have appeared in two or more games for the Baby Pens and not have a minus rating
3. D Scott Harrington |  2011 2nd rd pick | London Knights|
2012-2013 Stats: 11 GP – 0 Goals – 3 Assists – 3 Pts – +6 – 2 PIM |
Buzz: Harrington is playing Scott Harrington type of hockey through 11 games. Sound defensively and is a +6 on the season.
4. D Olli Maatta | 2012 1st rd pick | London Knights |
2012-2013 Stats: 11 GP – 1 G – 8 A – 9 Pts – +1 – 6 PIM |
Buzz: Drafted high for his upside as a potential shutdown defenseman, scouts are buzzing about Maatta’s improved play in the transition game and his evolving confidence in the offensive zone. He’s averaging 0.82 pts per game.
5. D Derrick Pouliot | 2012 1st rd pick |Portland Winterhawks |
2012-2013 Stats: 12 GP – 4 Goals – 6 Assists – 10 Pts – +5 – 13 PIM |
Buzz: The puck moving defenseman leads all Winterhawks defensemen with 4 goals.

6. RW Beau Bennett | 2010 1st rd pick | Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 0 Goals – 2 Assists – 2 Pts – -1 – 2 PIM
Buzz: Bennett has picked up 2 pts in 4 games, managing 7 shots on goal
7. D Brian Dumoulin |Acq from CAR | Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 0 Goals – 2 Assists – 2 Pts – -2 – 4 PIM
Buzz: A player observers have been raving about, Dumoulin leads all Penguins defensemen with 2 pts through four games.
8. C Teddy Blueger | 2012 2nd rd pick | Minnesota State |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 1 Goal – 2 Assists – 3 Pts – +4 – 10 PIM
Buzz: The Penguins most skilled forward in their system behind Beau Bennett, Blueger has been a factor early on for Minnesota State, collecting a goal and 2 assists in four games.
9. LW Tom Kuhnhackl | 2010 4th round pick |
Wilkes Barre Scranton / Wheeling Nailers
2012-2013 Stats (WBS): 1 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – -1 – 0 PIM
2012-2013 Stats (WHL): 2 GP – 1 Goal – 0 Assists – 1 Pts – +2 – 2 PIM
Buzz: Kuhnhackl has bounced between Wheeling and Wilkes Barre due to injuries. Observers tell me he’s been a bit overmatched in the AHL.
10. D Robert Bortuzzo | 2007 3rd round pick |Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
Buzz: Injured (Has yet to play) – Bortuzzo is on the mend and should return soon.

11. D Nick D’agostino | Cornell | 2008 7th rd pick |
Buzz: Cornell begins regular season play this weekend against Colorado College
12. F Kenny Agostino | Yale | 2010 5th rd pick |
Buzz: Yale begins regular season play this weekend
13. F Dominik Uher | 2011 5th rd pick |
Wilkes Barre Scranton | Wheeling Nailers
2012-2013 Stats (WBS): 2 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – O Pts – -1 – 0 PIM
2012-2013 Stats (WHL): 2 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists 0 pts – 0+/- – 0 PIM
14. D Carl Sneep | 2006 2nd rd pick |Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
2012-2013 Stats: 1 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – 0 +/- – 0 PIM
Buzz: Sneep made his season debut on Sunday in the Penguins 3-1 loss to Syracuse
15. D Philip Samuelsson | 2009 2nd rd pick |Wilkes Barre/Scranton|
2012-2013 Stats: 3 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – -2 – 2 PIM
Buzz: As the coaching staff juggles the lineup through four games, Samuelsson has appeared in three of four games thus far. He was scratched vs Syracuse on Sunday.
16. F Keven Veilleux | 2007 2nd rd pick |Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Buzz: Rehabbing Knee injury, Has yet to play
17. C Oscar Sundqvist | Skellefteå J20 | 2012 3rd rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 13 GP – 9 Goals – 8 Assists – 17 Pts – +9 – 14 PIM
18. LW Ben Hanowski | St. Cloud State | 2009 3rd rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 1 Goal – 2 Assists – 3 Pts – 0 +/- – 2 PIM
Buzz: Hanowski has a team-high 18 shots on goal in four games.
19. F Josh Archibald | Nebraska-Omaha| 2011 6th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 1 Goal – 0 Assists – 1 Pts – +1 – 6 PIM
20. LW Scott Wilson | UMass-Lowell |2011 7th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 3 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – -2 – 2 PIM
Buzz: Wilson who had a breakout freshman season in 2011-2012, is off to a slow start and pointless through three games.
21. RW Matia Marcantuoni | Kitchener Rangers | 2012 4th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 11 GP – 2 G – 1 A – 3 Pts – 0 +/- – 8 PIM |
Buzz: Marcantuoni is off to a slow start but one scout who saw Marcantuoni last weekend says he’s a player that always catches your eye because of his speed, calling him a dangerous player on PK. However, there are doubts about his upside offensively.
22. RW Anton Zlobin | Val-d’Or | 2012 6th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 14 GP – 8 Goals – 11 Assists – 19 Pts – +6- – 4 PIM |
Buzz: Zlobin is off to a solid start with 19 points in 14 games. The word on Zlobin is that he continues to make slow strides in improving his overall game.
23. D Alex Grant | 2007 4th rd pick |Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
2012-2013 Stats: 2 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – -2 – 0 PIM
Buzz: Grant has been a healthy scratch the last two games.
24. F Jason Megna | UDFA |Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
Buzz: After a strong preseason, Megna has been sidelined due to injury for the first four games of the season.
25. D Reid McNeill | 2010 6th rd pick |Wheeling Nailers|
2012-2013 Stats: 3 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – 0 +/- – 5 PIM
26. G Matthew Murray | Sault Ste. Marie | 2012 3rd rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 7-5-0, 3.85 GAA, .901 SV%
Buzz: After starting the season 4-1, Murray is 3-4 in his last seven starts and his overall numbers are not great.
27. C Zach Sill | UDFA |Wilkes Barre/Scranton
2012-2013 Stats: 2 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – +1 – 0 PIM
28. D Alex Velischek | Providence College | 2009 5th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 0 Goals – 2 Assists – 2 Pts – +6 – 8 PIM
29. RW Paul Thompson | UDFA |Wilkes Barre/Scranton
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 0 Goals – 1 Assists – 1 Pts – -2 – 4 PIM
30. RW Adam Payerl | UDFA |
Wilkes Barre Scranton / Wheeling Nailers
2012-2013 Stats (WBS): 3 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists 0 Pts – -1 – 5 PIM
31. F Bryan Rust | Notre Dame | 2010 3rd rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 1 Goal – 1 Assist – 2 Pts – +3 – 0 PIM
32. D Clark Seymour | Peterborough Petes | 2012 5th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 10 GP – 1 G – 3 A – 4 Pts – -5 – 11 PIM
33. D Harrison Ruopp | Prince Albert Raiders | acq from PHX |
2012-2013 Stats: 13 GP – 0 Goals – 3 Assists – 0 Pts – +5 – 22 PIM
34. G Sean MaGuire | Boston University | 2012 4th rd pick |
2012-2013 Stats: 0-1-0, 7.43 GAA, .714 SV%
35. F Brian Gibbons | UDFA |Wilkes Barre/Scranton |
2012-2013 Stats: 4 GP – 0 Goals – 0 Assists – 0 Pts – -3 – 0 PIM

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