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Prospect pool breakdown: Forwards, Part 2

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Sam Miletic. -- 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 second half of the forwards in the system. The breakdown on the first half of the forwards can be found here.

FILIP HALLANDER

Position: Center/wing
Drafted?: 
2018, second round
2018-19 status:
SHL (NHL contract)
2019-20 status:
SHL (NHL contract)
Age: 
18
Shoots: Left
Size: 6-1, 190

Hallander was a standout with Timra in his rookie SHL season, scoring seven goals and 14 assists in 45 games. Hallander spent most of the season on the left wing of Timra's top line.

The SHL and second-tier Allsvenskan league follow a promotion/relegation system, and Timra was relegated this spring. Because Hallander is already signed to an NHL contract, he was considered on loan to the SHL and is free to choose his SHL club for next season. After being courted by multiple teams, he signed a one-year deal with Lulea.

Bill Guerin recently spoke about how pleased he was with Hallander's development on NHL Network radio, saying he handled the high responsibility of the SHL well, and that he's looked strong defensively.

With the number of forwards already joining Wilkes-Barre next season, and given that Hallander is still so young, it will be good for him to continue to develop in a top men's league for another season.

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