PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Oskar Sundqvist (L), 81st overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Matthew Murray, 83rd overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins, pose during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The big splash in the 2012 NHL draft was obviously the trades that sent Jordan Staal and Zbynek Michalek out of Pittsburgh, and the Pens selecting defensmen Derrick Pouloit and Olli Maatta in the first round.
But, there still was a day two, and here are a look at all the other prospects the Penguins welcomed to the organization:
Teddy Blueger (52nd overall): We talked about him in the post below, seems to be a skilled forward with good vision and playmaking ability.
Oskar Sundqvist (81st overall): Not too much is known about this 6'3" Swedish center, and the fact the Pens (a team that hardly ever drafts European players that play in Europe under this regime) goes to further the intrigue.
Matt Murray (83rd overall): A big, lanky 6'4" goalie that played well for Team Canada U-18, but had brutal stats in the OHL, mainly because his team was a disaster. Before this pick, the highest Shero had ever drafted a goalie was 125th overall, so it ought to go to show how highly they must have had Murray in the rankings to use a 3rd round pick on him.
Mattia Marcantuoni (92nd overall): With this pick, which the Pens acquired from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Mark Letestu, they really rolled the dice. Marcantuoni was once seen as a possible first round pick, having really excellent skating ability and decent offensive upside. He has some injury and consistency knacks, but this deep into the draft for the Pens to pluck a potential home-run has a lot of people excited.
Sean Magurie (113th overall): Like mentioned above, Maguire would have been the highest Pens goalie picked by Shero if not for Murray. It's never a bad idea to load up on goalie prospects, Maguire is going off to the well-respected Boston University to play in that program. So forget about him for about 4 years and we'll see if he develops into a professional prospect, or a swing and a miss. 17/18 year old goalies are the hardest to project (which is why you see so many of them drafted late become NHL stars). That Maguire has 4 years to develop in college is a huge bonus to see what sort of player he can grow into.
Clark Seymour (143rd overall): In 165 career OHL games to this point, Seymour has 4 goals and 17 assists. Knowing nothing else, you could probably tell what type of defenseman he is. He's a bruiser, a front-of-the-net type defensive defenseman that's physical and will play the body and drop the gloves. To be a 5th round pick you can probably also guess concerns and areas of growth for him to make it: hands, skating ability, decision making.
Anton Zlobin (173rd overall): With their final pick in the sixth round, the Pens took a young Russian who plays in the Quebec league. It's a notoriously offensive league, but Zlobin did pot 40 goals and 76 points in 66 games, good enough to lead his team (which was pretty strong) in both categories. Obviously at this point Zloblin's a real long-shot, but anyone with the skill and hands to finish off 40 goals in a junior league is definitely someone you'd want to take a look at, and the Pens will have that chance in the future.
All in all, after the first round, the NHL draft is sort of like throwing darts or playing the lottery. You never know where the players may end up in a few years of development, but the more chances you get, the better off you're going to get lucky and find someone. The Pens stocked their prospect pipeline pretty well adding a couple of young goalies and some forwards with flashes of talent and offensive ability. Obviously, at this point, y no one is sure which players may be able to put it together and be able to make the jump to the NHL in years time, but for now, the Pens have to feel pretty good about the draft they had, even outside of the first round.