Pittsburgh selected defenseman Zachary Lauzon from Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) in the second round with the pick acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Reaves trade. Battline a recurring neck injury, Lauzon had four assists in 25 games during the 2017-18 QMJHL regular season and had no points and was a minus-2 in five playoff games. He won the Kevin Lowe Award, the same award won by Kris Letang in 2007, as the QMJHL's best defenseman after the 2016-17 season.
Defensenman Clayton Phillips began the 2017-18 season with the Fargo Force of the USHL before being traded to the Muskegon Lumberjacks on October 24, 2017. Phillips had 12 points (5g, 7a) in 16 games before joining the University of Minnesota for the second semester and the remainder of the 2017-18 NCAA season. He appeared in 11 games with the Golden Gophers and was a minus-3 with 11 shots on goal.
2001 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Entry Draft Selections
|Choice||Round||Pick||Overall||Player||Position||2000-01 Amateur Club|
|1||1||21||21||Colby Armstrong||RW||Red Deer Rebels (WHL)|
|2||2||24||54||Noah Welch||D||St. Sebastian's (Massachusetts) High School|
|3||3||23||86||Drew Fata||D||St. Michael's Majors (OHL)|
|4||3||33||96||Alexandre Rouleau||D||Val D'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)|
|5||4||23||120||Tomas Surovy||F||Poprad (SVK)|
|6||4||34||131||Ben Eaves||C||Boston College (Hockey East)|
|7||5||25||156||Andy Schneider||D||Lincoln Stars (USHL)|
|8||7||21||217||Tomas Duba||G||Sparta Praha (Czech)|
|9||8||23||250||Brandon Crawford-West||G||Texas Tornado (NAHL)|