With the addition of 12 new prospects to the pool, including nine draft picks, the Pittsburgh Penguins underwent a transformative off-season. The organization addressed not only their various weaknesses, but also added substantially to their defensive prospect depth, something that was already a great strength.

"We've got an outstanding group of [NHL] forwards in place for a number of years here (and) we got to make sure they get the puck," said Penguins Assistant Coach Todd Reirden. "We want to make sure we put an emphasis on defensemen that are mobile, who can defend, and can take the place of some of our older defensemen as we move forward here."

Aside from complementing their group of NHL forwards, the stockpiling of mobile defensemen allows the Penguins flexibility to move assets to address other needs.