Pittsburgh Penguins: Top 8 prospects worth getting excited about

Samuel Poulin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
Samuel Poulin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) /
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Nathan Legare #29 of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

4. Drew O’Connor

Joshua Maniscalco wasn’t the only intriguing college player the Pittsburgh Penguins signed in 2020, as they also agreed to terms with Drew O’Connor on a two-year, Entry-Level Contract in early March. Like Maniscaclo, O’Connor also went undrafted and is making a lot of NHL General Managers look quite bad for that decision based off of the numbers he has posted through his first two seasons of college hockey.

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The 22-year-old forward has played in a total of 65 games for Dartmouth College, registering 38 goals and 59 points. His 21 goals led his team by a wide margin for the 2019-20 season, as teammates Will Graber and Quin Foreman finished in second with 11 each. On top of his goal scoring abilities, O’Connor also brings great size standing at six-foot-three, 190 pounds. He is a very intriguing prospect and one Pens fans will want to keep an eye on with WBS for the 2020-21 season.

Nathan Legare
Nathan Legare of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) /

3. Nathan Legare

Just the second player on this list the Penguins drafted themselves is forward Nathan Legare, who they picked in the Third-Round (No. 74 overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. During his draft year, which was his second in the QMJHL with Baie-Comeau Drakkar, he put up a very impressive team leading 45 goals, along with 87 points in 68 games.

The 2019-20 season saw Legare regress slightly, as he had 35 goals and 71 points in 61 contests. In his defence, Baie-Comeau had a much weaker roster last season, and both of his totals led his team by a wide margin. He played just 14 games with them this season before being traded to Val d’Or Foreurs in late December. He has yet to play in a game with his new team as the league has been paused due to the Pandemic, but assuming they start up again he should be able to put up even bigger numbers on a much better team.