It took just one trade and one solid entry draft for the Pittsburgh Penguins to restock their prospect pool. Prior to draft weekend, the team had only two or three well regarded prospects, the rest long shots with little to no value. The Penguins selected eight players within the first 95 picks of the 2010 entry draft. The team is very excited with the talent they managed to attain.

At 9, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted arguably the best goal scorer in the draft, Jeff Skinner. Having played for the Kitchener Rangers this past season, notched 50 goals and 90 points in only 64 games played. What is more impressive was that he scored 20 goals and 33 points in 20 playoff games. The Penguins completed a 3-way trade that included the team giving up the rights to the 14th and 53rd picks, Jay McKee, and $ 2 million cash in order to guarantee Skinner’s selection.

“We had Jeff right there at 9. We feel very strongly about this pick. Jeff could one day be a 30 plus goal scorer for us. He is strong with and without the puck and is also responsible in his own end. Perhaps his biggest asset is his willingness to win and score at all costs. He is the kind of player we seriously lack in our system and we are extremely excited to have him apart of our group going forward.”

At 25, the team selected another offensive stud in Tyler Toffoli. The Ottawa 67 centre compiled 79 pts this season in 65 games played. Of those 79 points, 37 of them were goals. Toffoli also notched 7 goals and 6 assists in 12 playoff games.

“Tyler is another excellent offensive player and is a right handed shot. He had a bit of a slow start this year but really exploded down the stretch. We had our eye on him all the way and are extremely glad that he was on board when the pick was on the clock. He will need another year of seasoning but we expect him to dominate next year in the OHL.“

At 37, the team selected Ryan Spooner. The smallish playmaker had an impressive 54 points in 47 games played for the Peterborough Petes this season and has excelled in tournaments where he has represented his country. Some scouts feel that his vision is amongst the top in this class. At 49, the team selected hulking defender Alex Petrovic. At 6’4, 200 lbs, this kid can lay a world of hurt to the unsuspecting player. Look for him to be a solid shutdown guy in a few years. Next the team picked Jason Zucker at 59. The high school winger has shown that he can put the puck in the net despite being on the small side. At 63, the team took Windsor Spitfire Justin Shugg who excelled this season playing on the powerplay with Taylor Hall. The center totaled 79 points in 69 games played this season and 15 points in 18 playoff games. Next, the team took power forward winger Dalton Smith. The left winger saw time this season with Toffoli and the two showed great chemistry together. Finally, the team picked Austin Madaiski with the 95th overall selection. The rangy rearguard is defensive minded but has proven he can produce when needed.