I hate to admit it, but a message-board poster made a good point. I won’t say who, or on what forum. The blind squirrel doesn’t get to grab headlines.

But even as the Penguins prepare to swap a defenseman for a forward yet again, their glut on D and their lack at wing could have been calibrated in the NHL entry draft. Just take Chicago’s Brandon Saad instead of Joe Morrow in 2010. Take San Jose’s Tomas Hertl instead of Derrick Pouliot in 2012.

I get and mostly endorse the concept of taking the best player available.

I understand most NHL teams lack D, making trades potentially advantageous for the Penguins: Witness Ryan Whitney for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi, or Alex Goligoski for James Neal and Matt Niskanen.

I know the Penguins’ blue-line depth paid big dividends earlier this season when injuries at that spot should have been crippling.

But it’s also true that the Penguins won’t win the Stanley Cup with Brian Gibbons on Sidney Crosby’s line. It’s fact that Simon Despres does the Penguins zero good in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It’s undeniable that the Pens just don’t/won’t need Pouliot and Maatta and Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin, etc.

The Penguins have one good, young forward prospect: Beau Bennett. That’s it.

The Penguins need balance. Maybe drafting balance would have been a good idea.

Posted on January 19, 2014, in Super Genius Posts. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Can’t think of a decent pick we’ve had since Croz exCept Olli. Team is in a funk, trade Letsng 4 winners b. Tied

  2. Bud dude. That’s what they need to succeed! Shunt be a gogo beans full Cheshire Mark Andy Flurry should Draft My slouch potato right next week. No Sharo buy Ruso can’t Hoh a winners if the Buffalo a goalie. New good face mask fun if Canada rungs the Penguins Peninsula. Let’s go Pens!!! Trade a sandwich!

  3. Despres playing in WB-S does that team lots of good. It doesn’t develop him into a better player however. Talent like that needs to mature against better competition. Regardless, trade him.

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