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  1. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    I am going to use this thread as the general Penguins news and tidbit thread.

    I look forward to comments and feedback from my fellow GM's and Alvaro.
     
  2. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    Penguin System Audit

    Penguins System Audit

    After years of trying to stay competitive, the bankroll hit a wall last year where the teams was a few game days away from bankruptcy. An urgent change of direction required the trading of stars and going with prospects who wouldn’t have the ratings to compete but could play for cheap. Some lucky trades have resulted in the organization having 3 straight top 5 draft pick (all from other teams) and has seen the team aquire 5 first round picks including last year and this years draft, all in the top 10 except for one pick at 12. The team has a bright future ahead with the 1st and 9th overall selection and a couple already graduated young players to carry the mail until the prospects arrive.

    Centre:
    Pro: Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Turris, Brad Richardson, Ryan White
    Graduating: Jordan Schroeder
    Prospects: Nick Bjugstad, Ryan Strome, Brendan Gaunce, TyrelSeaman

    Clearly lacking in overall depth, the top 2 C are the core of the team. ROR and Kyle Turris, both acquired in the same trade for Milan Lucic are looking for help at C. Jordan Schroeder and Nick Bjugstad both had a taste of the NHL this season and Schroeder will most likely be signed and graduated to the HF pro level. The Penguins will be looking for depth C both in trade and free agency this off season but expect finances to limit the selection.

    Bjugstad, Ryan Strome and Brendan Gaunce are very intriguing prospects going forward but Strome and Gaunce may find their NHL future on the wing.

    Wings:
    Pro: Justin Williams, David Booth, Scottie Upshall, Brent Burns, Peter Mueller, Jannick Hansen, Kyle Clifford, Lennart Petrell, Blake Comeau, Matt D’Agostini,
    Graduating: Jimmy Hayes
    Prospects: Kyle Beach, Kale Kessey, Mitch Heard, Anton Rodin, Boo Nieves, Ludwig Blomstram, Alex Grenier

    Other than Justin Williams, the group of wingers is made up of a collection of projects, journeymen and reclamation projects. Brent Burns is a stud but the jury is not sure if he is a D or a W. Peter Mueller is a player with tremendous scoring upside but has fought serious injury demons and time will tell if he is worthy of the 6th overall pick the team used on him in his draft year. David Booth is a highly paid member of the team who had his season decimated by injury which will limit his impact in the HFNHL for the next season. Hansen, Comeau and D’Agostini provide veteran depth while Upshall and Clifford make the team difficult to play against. PIT has high hopes for Clifford to emerge as a Ryan Clowe type. Big Jimmy Hayes has been given spot duty with the big Hawks club and is expected to develop into a 6'6" scoring winger.

    The collection of prospects lacks any sure fire high end scorer, but has a number of gritty hard playing guys. Kessey and Heard are both expected to be given bonafide opportunity with their NHL club and Kyle Beach was drafted 11th overall in the NHL as a nasty mofo that has been hampered by injury and discipline issues. None the less, he is the type of player with the pedigree that NHL clubs will give plenty patience in developing. Nieves is a recent 2nd round pick who had a a good season in college while Rodin, Blomstram and Grenier are the token Canuck prospects that the team feels will be given a chance to develop.

    Defense:
    Pro: Kevin Bieksa, Brent Burns, Andrew Ference, Raphael Diaz, Chris Tanev, Tyson Barrie, Joe Callahan
    Graduates: Frankie Corrado, Alex Petrovic, Brian Strait
    Prospects: Ryan Murray, Olli Mattaa, Kevin Connaugton,Jeremy Price, Steven Johns, Peter Andersson, Fred Claesson, Trevor Carrick

    Bieksa, Burns and Ference are the core veterans of the team and provide dynamic leadership both on and off the ice. Raphael Diaz is a late blooming puck moving defenseman who had a very good NHL season and will fit in nicely into this young teams top 4. Tyson Barrie and Chris Tanev are 2 young players with polar opposite games. Barrie is a dynamic water bug who provides offense from the back end while Tanev is a quite and efficient steady dman who makes few mistakes and provides a stabilizing influence to a more offensive minded d partner. Both figure into the long term growth plans of the team. Frankie Corrado and Alex Petrovic are two young guys who got some NHL action at the end of the season and did nothing but increase the hype and expectations for their NHL careers. Brian Strait will be signed to play for the pro team and with his recent 3 year NHL contract is expected to provide depth to the defensive group.

    Ryan Murray is the stud prospect for the organization and along with Olli Mattaa, Tyson Barrie, Frankie Corrado & Alex Petrovic form a solid nucleus of long term optons for the club. While unheard of by most, Jeremy Price, Stephen Johns and Peter Anderrsson have potential to be NHL defenseman. Trevor Carrick is still in OHL and Claesson was selected to play for SWE in the WJC, the organization is watching both players closely.

    Goaltending:
    Pro: Cory Schneider, Al Montoya, Justin Peters
    Prospects: Martin Jones, Johan Gustaffson, Joe Cannatta

    Cory Schneider is an elite goalie in the NHL and ensures the Penguins long term future is secure at the goalie position. Al Montoya and his sub 1m contract provide great depth with a hint of upside. Justin Peters is an insurance 3rd goalie who works hard in practise but whose main job is to keep Alvaro happy when the Flyers are in town. #ifyouknowwhatimean

    Martin Jones and Johan Gustaffson have both taken their National World Junior teams to Gold Medal victories and are poised to take the next steps in the development cycles. The Penguins have high hopes that they will be ready to fill in as backups in reasonable time and with the young duo already on the pro team, the Penguins can afford to wait out the development of these two promising netminders. Joe Cannatta is a highly regarded former collegian who will be developing in the Canucks system. Joe is expected to be the starter for the Canucks farm team, wherever that team is next season and assuming the big team has dealt with their long running Luongo drama.

    Overall the Penguins are well set up for the future with high end prospects at all positions along with 1st & 9th pick and 4 in the top 60 for this seasons draft. The team feels with great goaltending and luck from the SIM lords they might have a chance at a playoff spot next season. Within a few years though, the team should be a powerhouse and by that time the team expects their financial situation to support the young stars new contracts.
     
  3. Vikes88

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    I really think you're poised for a better year next year. You're in an incredibly tough division, and I think that explains a huge part of your just-about.500 record. You can build from the net out without worrying about Schneider (we think!), and guys like Turris, O'Reilly, Mueller (well, this might be a stretch... if he'd only stay healthy), and Diaz should realistically see some rating jumps. Add in whomever you choose first overall to that roster in a couple of years, and I think you're in a good spot, a couple of additions away from a play-off run.
     
  4. Ohio Jones

    Ohio Jones Game on...

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    I expect your team's rise will coincide with my team's decline in the re-formed Atlantic Division (or whatever they're going to call it). Just make sure it's a slow, gradual rise man - I need to milk as many playoff appearances out of this roster as I can manage!
     
  5. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    I found this file from what looks like 2002.

    Justin Williams & Andrew Ference are still both with the team!

    Total payroll was $21,769,107


    M.Erat B.Richards J.Williams
    A.McDonald J.Spezza M.Afinogonev
    B.Isbister M.Ricci S.Donovan
    D.Hinote N.Kapanen T.Linden

    M.Roszival D.Morris
    A.Ference B.Allen
    J.Cullimore M.Commodore

    M.Fernandez
    A.Auld
     
  6. Ohio Jones

    Ohio Jones Game on...

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    I can only go back to the 2007/08 season in terms of signed players ont roster or farm - Chris Thorburn and Trevor Smith. Which means that I've swapped out the entire roster at least twice in the past 11 years dice I took over Columbus.
     
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    Fooladelfia Registered User

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    muy bien
     
  8. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    PRESS RELEASE:

    In order to celebrate the historic first ever first overall selection, we have a special guest who will join us on the podium to make the pick on behalf of the fans of the HFNHL Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Last seasons 1st pick, 4th overall, Ryan Murray will welcome his newest teammate on stage in New Jersey.

    Ryan is poised like a future NHL captain who along with the player at Pick 1, will help anchor our team in the HFNHL for years to come.

    Thank you to our fans, our future will be bright!
     
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  9. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    The team went into the draft with 4 day 1 picks @ 1, 9, 37 and 42. We ended up using the first three and trading the final pick for 2 second rounders in 2014 and a swap of 4ths.

    Penguins Day 1 Draft review:

    1st overall - Nathan MacKinnon (C)
    This was never in question and the team hopes it has closer to the next Steve Yzerman instead of Alexadre Daigle

    9th overall - Max Domi (C/LW)
    While not blessed with prototypical NHL size, he has a bowling ball hockey body and should transition quite well to the NHL. The team is looking for a Brad Marchand level contributor.

    37th overall - TJ Compher (F)
    A wild card who can play all three forward position. With an edgy game that is hard t play against, Compher was on a number of teams 1st round lists and we are excited to see if a Ryan Kesler clone fell into our lap.

    The Penguins have 7 more selections in round 4 (1), 6 (4), & 7 (1).

    POLL:

    Did we draft:
    Yzerman/Marchand/Kesler
    OR
    Daigle/Brule/Begin
     
  10. Canuck09

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    I'd say somewhere in between lies the answer. Hard to bank on any player being as good as Yzerman but you should have a pretty good one there in MacK.
     
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    I think Domi will be the most enjoyable one to watch in terms of seeing how his story plays out -- I mean, 5'10 at 190ish isn't even bad for an 18 year old, and I really don't think his size will hinder him too much in comparison to some other draft picks that are shorter with much less size to "cannonball" with. He's got a good era to be his size.
     
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    Toews, Torres and Stepan, maybe?

    Helluva draft either way.
     
  13. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    Jeff Carter, Mark Recchi, Jon Madden ?

    All in fun!
     
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    MacKinnon and Domi speak for themselves, but I like Compher a lot too. He was my back-up at 26, and if my internet had cooperated I may have traded up from 43 to land him. A first round calibre prospect in any other draft over the past decade. The downside is something like Rich Peverley, with the upside closer to Derek Stepan.
     
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    I also really like the Compher pick. I had him as a late 1st rounder.
     
  16. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    UPDATED Top 20 HFNHL Penguins Prospects:

    1 Nate MacKinnon
    2 Ryan Murray
    3 Ryan Strome
    4 Max Domi
    5 Nick Bjugstad
    6 Olli Maata
    7 TJ Compher
    8 Brendan Gaunce
    9 Alex Petrovic
    10 Frankie Corrado
    11 Kale Kessey
    12 Boo Nieves
    13 Kyle Beach
    14 Jonas Gustaffson
    15 Kevin Connaughton
    16 Joe Cannata
    17 Mitchell Heard
    18 Stephen Johns
    19 Fredrik Claesson
    20 Jeremy Price

    Agree?
     
  17. Ohio Jones

    Ohio Jones Game on...

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    Leaving aside Justin Schultz, who goes pro this fall, your list and the Blue Jackets' list look remarkably similar. If we ignore your top 10, that is... :help:

    That looks pretty fair, Robb. Time to kill at the airport or something?
     
  18. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    BUMP

    We would use this space today to ask you to consider voting for some of our players in the HFNHL All Star ballot but it seems the All Star Game committee decided not one player, coach or executive deserved even a listing on any ballot.

    We feel shame that despite our efforts to stay financially viable our organization will not get an opportunity to earn some of the needed financial support that an all star brings to the organization.

    Perhaps next year, 1 player will show up on a ballot. We all need goals.

    For this season, we are proud of all our boys and would like to highlite the efforts of the following players:

    Ryan O Reilly - 50 points in 43 games - 11 Power Play Goals - 3 Game Winners - 54% on 1100 faceoffs, only 8 PIM

    Justin Williams - 48 points in 43 games - 6 Power Play Goals - 5 game winners

    Matt D'Agostini - 4 games played, 3 goals scored
    (kidding)
     
  19. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    After some banter with other GM's, the topic of goalie depth was discussed. Here is the updated Penguin review of the teams goaltenders.

    The Penguins are well set in net for the current and long term. With a quality starter, 2 well positioned NHL backups, a youngster with a winning pedigree earning his stripes in the AHL and a highly regarded prospect starting in Finland, goalie depth is a quiet strength of the organization as it moves forward with playoff aspirations.

    Cory Schneider - 28yrs - $3,500,000 (1) - via trade
    The team will continue to rely on a tier 1 starting goaltender in Schneider and anticipate a long term commitment once his current contract is up. Just entering his prime and now with a starting home in the NHL, the Penguins can confidently build their team with this position secured.

    Alvaro Montoya - 29yrs - $995,000 (2) - via trade
    Former 1st round pick from the same 2004 draft as Schneider, Montoya has settled into this role as a proven NHL back up. Priced right for the position, the Penguins enjoy a quality pair handling the netminding duties.

    Martin Jones - 24yrs - UNSIGNED PROSPECT - via trade
    Has a tremendous 6-4 frame, so he covers a lot of net naturally. Never gives up on a play and boasts tremendous athleticism. Behind one of the best NHL defensive teams and as an understudy to a high volume NHL goalie, the Penguins will be given lots of time to watch his development in the NHL.

    Johan Gustafsson - 22yrs - UNSIGNED PROSPECT - via draft
    Since leading team SWE to the 2012 WJC Gold Medal, Gustafsson has come over to play in the AHL. Has excellent size for a goaltender, and he is usually in good position when tending the net. The team will continue to monitor this talented prospect with lots of upside while he simmers in the North American minor pro system.

    Ville Husso - 19yrs - UNSIGNED PROSPECT - via draft
    After being passed over the first time in the NHL draft, he was selected by STL and will continue his development in Europe as the starter for his Finnish league team. Another large goalie with excellent movement, he will need to work on his rebounds and consistency according to scouting reports. Won Gold as the backup on Team Finland in the 2014 WJC making him the 3rd Penguin goalie with this claim (Jones/Gustafsson).

    Juraj Holly - 23yrs - UNISIGNED PROSPECT - via draft
    As a long shot draft pick, the Penguins have kept their stock in another big goaltender player despite no indication of any NHL aspirations. Kept as vanity asset, the Penguins have no reason yet to give up on this player who had a strong season in the Slovakian 2nd tier league.
     
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    We are pleased to introduce to you our revamped Penguins roster. Ready for the final stretch fight to the playoffs!

    Ryan O Reilly - Nathan Mackinnon - Brent Burns (A)
    Troy Brouwer - Kyle Turris - Justin Williams
    Michal Grabner - Mike Richards (A) - Steve Downie
    Kyle Clifford - Brad Richardson - Jannick Hansen
    spares - Marcus Foligno - Nick Bjugstad - Jimmy Hayes


    Ryan Murray - Tyson Barrie
    Olli Maatta - Chris Tanev
    Douglas Murray - Kevin Bieksa (C)
    spare - Jonathon Blum

    Cory Schneider
    Al Montoya
     
  21. Ohio Jones

    Ohio Jones Game on...

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    I hope my blueline is enough to make up for your starting goalie - I suspect our forwards are a wash... #rivals
     
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    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    Penguins Season Preview

    After many seasons rebuilding, the Penguins squeezed into the playoffs in 2014/2015 before losing to the high powered Devils in the 1st round.

    The Penguins have spent the previous 4 seasons in a rebuild mode, shedding salary and having to make trades for cash. With the extra playoff games and some better financial management, this is the first season in a long time that financial conditions weren’t dominating the teams plans. With that in mind, the organization signed a Paul Martin to join new Captain Brent Burns and the fearsome foursome core of young dman in Ryan Murray, Tyson Barrie, Chris Tanev and Olli Maatta. Tyson Barrie and Brent Burns were both in the top 6 for dmen points and are expected to carry the load offensively this season.

    The organization also had to make a painful decision to give up on the Mike Richards experience. This #stud unfortunately fell into hard times on the ice and the team dealt him just days before his off ice problems came to the surface. The cost to get rid of this contract was two young promising original draft picks that had finally reached the level where they could contribute. Good bye to Big Jimmy Hayes and Ryan Strome. 

    Fortunately though the Penguins were able to acquire in that deal a player they had coveted for many season in Chris Kreider. Kreider joins Kyle Turris, Nick Bjugstad, Nathan Mackinnon and Ryan O’Money Bags as the core of the teams forward group. Supported by solid veterans in Justin Williams, Troy Brouwer, Steve Downie, Jannick Hansen and Michal Grabner, the Penguins are able to roll out a deep and dynamic forward corp.

    Finally in net, the team is blessed to have one of the world’s top goal tenders in Corey Schneider. Supported for 1 more season by Al Montoya as a back up and promising Martin Jones ready to graduate after this season, the Penguins have a solid foundation at this very important position.

    Projected Lines:
    Brouwer – OReilly – Mackinnon
    Kreider – Turris – Williams
    Grabner – Bjugstud – Downie

    Battling for spots:
    Hansen, Schroeder, Foligno, Clifford, Baertschi

    Martin – Burns
    Murray – Barrie
    Maatta – Tanev

    Spares:
    Bieksa, Connauton

    Schneider
    Montoya


    PROSPECT UPDATE:
    1. Max Domi – Expected to make the NHL Coyotes and should be a contender for the Calder.
    2. Martin Jones – Not really a prospect but still on the teams list as such. Jones is expected to be the starter for this NHL Sharks team after they paid a heavy price to acquire and sign him.
    3. Brock Boeser – First season in NCAA and was solid on a scoring line in the USA training camp for upcoming WJC
    4. Brendan Perlini – Has a real chance to either play for his NHL Coyotes or be sent back to junior to dominate and play for team Canada at WJC. A player to watch!
    5. Gustav Forsling – Moving up the NHL Blackhawks depth chart, this slick skating offensive dman from Sweden won the best dman award at last years WJC and is expected to be a big contributor to this years team.

    Prospects to keep an eye on:
    Cole Cassels – high praise for his determined play against Connor McFranchise. AHL bound.
    Louis Belpedio – Kris Russel type NCAA dman who should make team USA for the WJC
    Ryan Gropp – Linemate of Matthew Barzal in the WHL, the NHL Rangers selected in the 2nd round.
    JT Compher – part of the return for Ryan OReilly. Upside of Joe Pavelski but probably makes it in a Darren Helm role.
    Joonas Donskoi – after winning the Jari Kurri trophy as the best player in Finland playoffs and almost point a game at the Worlds, signed with SJS in NHL.
    Michael Spacek – Czech draft pick of the NHL Jets, playing in Red Deer this season.
     
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    Excellant! May you be rewarded for all the hard work and patience with long and deep cup runs. Gotta make money now to pay those salaries that will come quickly
     
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    That's some terrific youth in key roles... and more to come from the farm. Colour me jelly...
     
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