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Prospect pool breakdown: Forwards, Part 1

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Jan Drozg. -- KDP PHOTOGRAPHY / WBS PENGUINS

As we head into the offseason, it’s time to take a look at where the Penguins’ prospect pool stands.

Just as I did last year, I’ll break down the status of each prospect in the Penguins system, including players on Pittsburgh contracts and players on AHL-level deals who spent time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past season.

I’ll take a look at their contracts for next season and where they are likely to play, as well as highlights from each player. If I interviewed the player this season, I’ll also share my favorite quote of the season from them.

Today, we look at the first half of the forwards in the system.

JUSTIN ALMEIDA

Position: Center/wing
Drafted?: 
2018, fifth round
2018-19 status:
WHL (NHL contract)
2019-20 status: 
AHL (NHL contract)
Age: 
20
Shoots: Left
Size: 5-11, 161

Almeida put up career numbers in his final WHL season, recording 33 goals and 78 assists in just 64 games -- all the more impressive when you realize he played with essentially only one working shoulder since November. After offseason shoulder surgery, he'll look to turn pro next season in Wilkes-Barre.

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