Top 25 Under 25 - The Rest of the Crew

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Last week we started our follow-up, looking back at former prospects and meeting the new ones. Today we take a final look back at out Top 25 Under 25 performance from the 2013-14 season.

Back in the Fall we took a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins best available prospects under the age of 25 by eliciting a fan vote to rank the available options. We checked back on them at various points in the season, but never put together a final look back at the list. The 2014 Prospect Development Camp is scheduled to run from July 15th through July 19th, with a free scrimmage open to the public on the 19th. So this seemed like the perfect time to take a look back and see how far our prospects have come this year.

Last week we took a look at some players who have graduated and are no longer considered prospects for one reason or another, and then followed that up by looking at new faces that have joined the team since last year. But there are still a large number of prospects that we did not cover, so let's go ahead and take a look back with a recap of their 2013-14 performance.

Troy Josephs did not make our list last season, and in fact did not receive a single vote. He was a 7th round pick and is a 20 year old, 6'0" 182lbs forward from Whitby, Ontario. He spent last season as a Freshman with the NCAA Clarkson Golden Knights. He didn't have the most productive rookie campaign, he was off to a fairly decent start, but he got injured mid-season and when he returned he went on a 14 game point drought, winding up with the lowest Plus/Minus on the team. He is expected to play a larger role next year though, as there were a number of graduating seniors ahead of him on the depth chart.

Dane Birks also did not make the list last season, although he did get 1 vote. He was a 6th round pick and is a soon to be 19 year old, 6'3" 190lbs D from Williams Lake, British Columbia. He spent last year playing Junior A hockey in the BCHL with the Merritt Centennials. He didn't show as much improvement as the team would like though, posting almost the same stat line as he did in the previous season. He is eligible to return for another year, but he is committed to the NCAA Michigan Tech Huskies where he should be heading as a Freshman in the fall.

Ryan Segalla also did not make the list last season, but he was fairly close to claiming the final spot. He was a 4th round pick and is a soon to be 20 year old, 6'0" 190lbs D from Boston, MA. He spent last year in the NCAA as a Freshman with the NCAA UConn Huskies. He was one of the top scoring D on the team, and the best of the rookies, but he still has some work to do improving his play in his own end. He is expected to return to UConn next year.

Blaine Byron was #25 on our list last season. He was a 6th round pick and is a 19 year old, 6'0" 165lbs forward from Ottawa, Ontario. He spent last year in the NCAA as a Freshman with the Maine Black Bears. He didn't have the most spectacular year, but for a Freshman it was fairly decent. He will be returning to Maine in the fall and should look to improve upon last year's performance.

Matthew Murray was #24 on our list last season. He was a 3rd round pick and is a 20 year old, 6'5" 171lbs goaltender from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He spent last year in the OHL with the SOO Greyhounds before joining the WBS Baby Pens for their playoff run. He had a breakout year and was the top goalie in the OHL for much of the season, but a late season slump hurt his numbers, although he still finished near the top and was named to the 2nd team All-Stars. He played just 1 regular season game at the end of the AHL season, but put up impressive numbers and earned himself a spot as the backup for their entire playoff run, although he played just 20 minutes in the playoffs, stopping every shot he faced. He is expected to be turning pro with WBS this fall.

Bryan Rust was #23 on our list last season. He was a 3rd round pick and is a 22 year old, 5'11" 198lbs forward from Novi, MI. He spent last year in the NCAA as a Senior with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before joining the WBS Baby Pens in the spring. He put up impressive numbers in his Senior season as the top goal scorer and one of the best overall players on his team. In WBS he played just 2 regular season and 1 playoff game, with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. He is expected to turn pro with WBS this fall.

Scott Wilson was #22 on our list last season. He was a 7th round pick and is a 22 year old, 6'0" 185lbs forward from Oakville, Ontario. He spent last year in the NCAA as a Junior with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks before joining the WBS Baby Pens in the spring. He struggled with some mid-season injuries and his numbers were down from previous seasons. He played just 1 regular season game with WBS, although he had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. He is expected to turn pro with WBS this fall.

Reid McNeill was #21 on our list last season. He was a 6th round pick and is a 22 year old, 6'4" 204lbs D from London, Ontario. He spent last season in the AHL with the WBS Baby Pens after training with Gary Roberts in the summer. His overall stat block wasn't overly impressive, but he improved throughout the year and by the end of the season was on of their top shutdown D, while the team elected him Most Improved Player for the year. He is expected to be back in WBS playing bigger role this season and could make a push for spot duty as an NHL call-up.

Sean Maguire was #20 on our list last season. He was a 4th round pick and is a 21 year old, 6'2" 203lbs goaltender from Powell River, British Columbia. He spent last season in the NCAA as a Sophomore with the BU Terriers. His numbers weren't the greatest, but they were still solid, however it wasn't enough to force his way into the starter position. He was not listed amongst the invites to Prospect Development Camp, which is unfortunate because he was pretty much the most impressive G prospect last year. He will be returning to BU in the fall, likely still as #1b in their platoon goaltending system.

Dominik Uher was #19 on our list last season. He was a 5th round pick and is a soon to be 22 year old, 6'1" 199lbs forward from Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic. He spent last season with the AHL WBS Baby Pens. His numbers were much improved from the previous season and he showed himself capable of being a solid shutdown check liner who can also chip in offensively. He will have the opportunity to crack the NHL lineup in Camp, but most likely will wind up back in WBS where he can be used as a mid-season call-up if needed.

Josh Archibald was #17 on our list last season. He was a 6th round pick and is a soon to be 22 year old, 5'10" 10lbs forward from Brainerd, MN. He spent last season in the NCAA as a Junior with the UNO Mavericks before joining the WBS Baby Pens in the spring. He had an amazing year, being named 1st Team All-Star, Player of the Year, and Forward of the Year in his own Conference as well as 1st Team All-American and a Hobey Baker Finalist in the entire NCAA. With WBS he played 7 regular season games and 2 playoff games, scoring 1 Goal in each the regular and post-season. He is expected to turn pro in WBS this fall.

Tristan Jarry was #16 on our list last season. He was a 2d round pick and is a 19 year old, 6'2" 180lbs goaltender from Delta, British Columbia. He spent last year in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Jarry had quite an impressive season, he was one of the top goaltenders in the WHL, finishing with a league best in Wins, GAA and Shutouts in addition to being named a 1st Team All-Star, before going on to with both the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup. He is expected to return to the WHL for another year since he is too young for the AHL.

Jake Guentzel was #15 on our list last season. He was a 3rd round pick and is a soon to be 20 year old, 5'10" 160lbs forward from Woodbury, MN. He spent last year in the NCAA as a Freshman with the UNO Mavericks. He had an impressive season as one of the top scorers on his team and one of best rookies in the entire NCAA, earning himself a spot on the Conference All-Rookie Team. He will be returning to UNO in the fall and looks to take on an even larger role with all the departed Seniors.

Harrison Ruopp was #14 on our list last season. He was a 3rd round pick and is a 21 year old, 6'2" 205lbs D from Zehner, Saskatchewan. He spent last year bouncing between the AHL WBS Baby Pens and ECHL Wheeling Nailers. He is a pure physical/defensive force, putting up no Points through 21 regular season games and 1 playoff game, although he did slightly better during his 19 ECHL games. When he was in the lineup he was used as a 3rd pair D, although he was scratched or sent to Wheeling nearly as often as he was actually in the lineup. He is expected to return to WBS and play a bigger role this season.

Matia Marcantuoni was #13 on our list last season. He was a 4th round pick and is a 20 year old, 6'0" 202lbs forward from Toronto, Ontario. He spent last year with the OHL Kitchener Rangers before joining the AHL WBS Baby Pens in the spring. His overall numbers were not great, but he showed a marked improvement over the previous year and had a decent enough performance considering he played for one of the worst teams in the entire OHL. He played just 1 game with WBS, with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. He was said to be the Pens fastest prospect and is reportedly even faster than Gibbons. He is expected to turn pro in WBS this fall.

Anton Zlobin was #12 on our list last season. He was a 6th round pick and is a 21 year old, 5'11" 198lbs forward from Moscow, Russia. He spent last season bouncing between the AHL WBS Baby Pens and the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. He got off to a slow start and struggled at the AHL level, but he performed quite well in the ECHL and even managed to show a marked improvement by the end of the season in WBS, to the point where he was one of their top scorers in the playoffs. He is expected to return to WBS in the fall, taking on a bigger role with the team and possibly earning himself time as an NHL call-up.

Theodor Blueger was #10 on our list last season. He was a 2nd round pick and is a soon to be 20 year old, 6'0" 185lbs forward from Riga, Latvia. He spent last year in the NCAA as a Sophomore with the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks. He had a bit of a sophomore slump with a mediocre showing, although his numbers were up from the previous season. He is expected to return to the NCAA in the fall and take on a bigger role as he replaces the departing seniors.

Tom Kuhnhackl was #9 on our list last season. He was a 4th round pick and is a 22 year old, 6'2" 172lbs forward from Landshut, Germany. He spent last year bouncing between the AHL WBS Baby Pens and the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. He is perhaps the most disappointing prospect, as the potential is there, but he has thus far been unable to reach it. He spent 48 regular season games and 2 playoff games in the AHL and was given opportunity on every line and in nearly every position, but he was one of the least successful forwards. He did much better during his 16 regular season games and 10 playoff games in the ECHL though, so perhaps he just needs more time to develop. He is expected to return to WBS and hopes to play a bigger role this season.

Philip Samuelsson was #8 on our list last season. He was a 2nd round pick and is a soon to be 23 year old, 6'2" 194lbs D from Leksand, Sweden. He spent last year as the top shutdown D with the AHL WBS Baby Pens and earned himself a 5 game call-up to the NHL as well. He struggled with injuries late in the season, but overall his numbers were up this year, and while his NHL showing wasn't the greatest it also wasn't particularly bad for a first timer. He just signed a new contract and is no longer waiver exempt, so he looks to fight for on of the final D spots in Camp this year, and if not will have to hope he clears waivers in order to return to WBS.

Oskar Sundqvist was #7 on our list last season. He was a 3rd round pick and is a 20 year old, 6'3" 187lbs forward from Boden, Sweden. He spent last year in the SHL with Skelleftea. His numbers weren't the greatest, but he was a teenager playing against adults in one of the top leagues in the world, and he showed solid improvement come playoff time when he helped his team win the SHL Championship. He was mostly used in a Bottom 6 role, but it should have helped prepare him for the NHL. He could be battling for a place in the Bottom 6 at Camp, although it is also possible that he could wind up in WBS for a year.

Adam Payerl was #6 on our list last season. He was an undrafted college free agent and is a 23 year old, 6'3" 218lbs forward from Kitchener, Ontario. He spent last season with the AHL WBS Baby Pens and earned himself a 2 game NHL call-up. His numbers weren't overly stellar, although he was slightly better than the year before. He bounced in and out of the lineup, mostly in a Bottom 6 role. He will never really be a dynamic offensive threat, but he is solid defensively and quite dominant physically, so he could be in the mix for a spot in the Bottom 6 in Camp. If not, expect him to return to WBS for another year and be available as a call-up if needed.

Scott Harrington was #4 on our list last season. He was a 2nd round pick and is a 21 year old, 6'2" 205lbs D from Kingston, Ontario. He spent last season with the AHL WBS Baby Pens. He was off to a great start and was one of the top scoring D on the team, getting heavy PP minutes and utilized in more of an offensive role. But by the end of the season the production trailed off and he was far less impressive come playoff time, even getting bumped to the 3rd pair on occasion. He will have a chance to fight for a spot in the NHL at Camp, but most likely will return to te AHL and get a chance to be the top dog for a year, being available as a call-up if needed.

Brian Dumoulin was #2 on our list last season. He was a 2nd round pick and is a soon to be 23 year old, 6'4" 219lbs D from Biddeford, ME. He spent last season with the AHL WBS Baby Pens and got a short call-up to the NHL for 6 games. He got hurt in NHL Camp last year, missing his chance to earn the final spot on the roster, and got off to a slow start in WBS as he recovered from his injury. He got injured a 2nd time mid-season, so his overall stats aren't overly impressive. However, he showed improvement over last season and come playoff time once again cemented himself as the #1 D on the team. He stands a good chance of making the NHL lineup out of Camp, but if he does get sent down to WBS again he will be the first name on their list for mid-season call-ups.

Derrick Pouliot was #1 on our list last season. He was a 1st round pick and is a 20 year old, 6'0" 203lbs D from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He spent last season with the WHL Portland Winterhawks. He had yet another impressive year, blowing away his previous career highs at well over a point per game. He finished the year as a WHL 1st Team All-Star, the WHL Defenseman of the Year, and the Defenseman of the Year for the entire CHL. He was expected to be making a push for a spot in the lineup this fall, but he underwent shoulder surgery after his season ended and is expected to miss all of Camp, so he looks to be starting his pro career in WBS before getting called up later in the season.

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