The Latest Penguins Draft Buzz; Opportunity to move up for the Penguins?


The Latest Draft Buzz Seven hours until the NHL draft begins and while Pittsburgh plans on staying put at #30, they have had discussions with the Vancouver Canucks (22) and the New York Islanders (26) about moving up a few spots. Vancouver is extremely interested in moving back and accumulating more picks. If Pittsburgh pursues this potential trade, it will be to land one of their top forward targets in Kyle Palmieri, U.S. Under-18 (USDP), Jordan Caron, Rimouski (QMJHL) Landon Ferraro, Red Deer (WHL) or Zach Budish, Edina High (USHS-Minn.) If Pittsburgh stays at #30 which appears very likely at this point, team officials will be thrilled if defenseman Simon Despres, Saint John (QMJHL) is available at #30. Pittsburgh has Despres rated as a top 15 prospect on their draft board but Despres stock has dropped over the past two months and there is a sense that he will beRead More »

The Latest Penguins Draft Buzz


Hearing Penguins scouts do not believe Zach Budish will be around when the Penguins select at #30. Budish is getting serious consideration by the St. Louis Blues at #17, Flames (20) and the Flyers (21). Budish is at the top of the Penguins radar as there is some thought he could slip to the 2nd round. *Pittsburgh wants to go winger at #30 but some of their top targets on the wings may not be around. They will go with the best value, regardless of position. *Pittsburgh recently met with draft prospect/winger Jeremy Morin (USDP – 18). Considered one of the better offensive players in the draft, there have been some concerns with some off-ice issues but nothing serious. *I’m told there is no chance that the Penguins trade the rights of Rob Scuderi this weekend. Pittsburgh has received two inquiries