The Penguins added six players to their organization today. Here's a recap of their picks and a few other notes from today's NHL Draft:
In the second round, the Penguins traded the No. 50 overall pick they acquired from the Sharks in exchange for Tyler Kennedy to the Blue Jackets to move up to No. 44. With that pick, they drafted Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry (above, left). Jarry, 18, appeared in 27 games last season and had an 18-7-0 record along with a 1.61 record, .936 save percentage and six shutouts. Jarry (6-foot-1, 183 pounds) is a native of Vancouver.
Al Jensen of NHL central scouting says: "He's not a cookie-cutter goalie and doesn't just drop in the butterfly; he'll stand up and read the play and possesses good rebound control. He probably played one out of every four games this year, but each time I've seen him, he looks like a veteran. His smartness and confidence are what have helped him improve and develop his overall game."
In the third round with the No. 77 overall pick the Penguins selected center Jake Guentzel (right) of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers. In 60 games last season, Guentzel, 18, scored 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) and was named the USHL's rookie of the year. Guentzel (5-foot-9, 153 pounds) is expected to play for the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season. He is a native of Omaha.
MNHockeyProspects.com says: "Guentzel is very creative around the net as his approach is unpredictable, not tipping whether he is passing or shooting. His shot is very deceptive as he releases it from many different angles and with great accuracy. Guentzel demonstrates soft hands with an ability to receive passes cleanly and distribute with equal effectiveness. Guentzel is a good skater and possesses excellent acceleration. Guentzel’s biggest flaw is his size (5’9,150) and his inability to play a physical style game."
In the fourth round with the No. 119 overall pick, the Penguins selected defenseman Ryan Segalla (right) of Salisbury Prep in Connecticut. In 28 games last season, Segalla, 18, had 18 points (10 goals, eight assists). Segalla (6-foot-1, 184 pounds) is expected to play at the University of Connecticut next season. He is from Hanover, Mass.
An anonymous NHL scout told ESPN Boston: "He has an over-the-top compete level. It’s second to none for kids around New England. He might play a little out of control at time, but he’s very strong, extremely physical. He’s tenacious.”
With their first choice in the sixth round, the Penguins selected defenseman Dane Birks (right) of the BCJHL's Merritt Centennials with the No. 164th overall pick. In 52 games last season, Birks, 17, scored 20 points (five goals, 15 assists). Birks (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) is expected to play for Michigan Tech next season. He is from Williams Lake, British Columbia.
Penguins assistant director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton said: "Dane Birks is a good-sized defenseman and he’s going to play at least one more year in the BCHL before going to college. We like the upside that he has. He’s a little bit of a late bloomer, but he skates well, moves the puck well and is physical in his own way. He is one of those players that needs a little bit more time but obviously going the college route, he’ll get it.“
With their second choice in the sixth round, the Penguins selected center Blaine Byron (right) of CCHL's Smiths Falls Bears with the No. 179th overall pick. In 78 games last season, Byron 18, scored 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists). Byron (5-foot-11, 163 pounds) is scheduled to play for the University of Maine next season. He is a native of Osgoode, Ontario.
Bill Placzek of DraftSite.com said: "Shifty skilled puckhandler with long stride, speed, vision, and playmaking skills. Can operate at top speed while in possession. Plays the point on the PP. Very thin and needs weight and muscle. Slick puckhandler who can make plays at high speed. A long strider who looks to teammates but has excellent quickness and acceleration to beat opponents one-on-one. Can man a point on the PP. Clearly stood out as the top Canadien player in the World junior A Challenge. His downside at this point would be his thin frame and lack of girth. He also needs a 60 minute commitment.He needs strength and teams will also be weary of selecting him because his success has come playing against Tier Two opponents."
With their final pick of the draft in the seventh round, the Penguins selected left winger Troy Josephs (right) of the OJHL's St. Michael's Buzzers. In 42 games last season, Josephs scored 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists). Josephs (5-foot-11, 164 pounds) is expected to play for Clarkson University next season. He is a native of Whitby, Ont.
Buzzers head coach/general manager Rich Ricci said: "Troy was a project last year. An outstanding athlete who had some raw skill and a lot of upside. started well for us last year but suffered a serious mid-season injury that set him back. He came back this year, won our combine testing comfortably and had a completely different demeanor on the ice. Driven to say the least. A skilled guy with a real nasty streak and edge. We moved him to centre with the hope of capitalizing on his skill set. He hasn’t disappointed as he has drawn a lot of early attention.”
-After drafting four European-born players last year, the Penguins drafted all North Americans this year.
-Halifax center Nathan MacKinnon (right) was selected No. 1 overall. He is a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Sidney Crosby's home town.
-Portland defenseman Seth Jones, projected by many as the top overall pick, went No. 4 to the Nashville Predators.
-The Phoenix Coyotes drafted forward Max Domi No. 12 overall. He is the son of former NHL enforcer Tie Domi.
-The Red Wings drafted forward Anthony Mantha No. 20 overall. He is the great nephew of former Penguins all-star forward Jean Pronovost.
-With the No. 28 overall pick they acquired from the Penguins in the Jarome Iginla trade, the Flames selected left winger Émile Poirier from Gatineau of the QMJHL.
-The Sabres drafted forward Justin Bailey No. 52 overall in the second round. He is the son of former Buffalo Bills and West Virginia linebacker Carlton Bailey.
-The Jets drafted goaltender Eric Comrie No. 59 overall in the second round. he is the half brother of former Penguins forward Mike Comrie.
-The Jets recieved that pick to select Comrie as a result of not signing 2009 first round pick Daultan Leveille. The Jets/Thrashers franchise received that pick to select Leveille as part of the 2008 trade which sent Pascal Dupuis and Marian Hossa to the Penguins.
-Two Penn State players were selected. Goaltender Eamon McAdam was selected in the third round by the Islanders (No. 70 overall) and defenseman Mike Williamson was selected in the sixth round by the Canucks (No. 175 overall).
-The Canucks selected defenseman Jordan Subban in the fourth round with the 115th overall pick. He is the brother of Canadiens defenseman and 2013 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.
-One pick after the Penguins selected Segalla, the Bruins selected forward Ryan Fitzgerald, the son of Penguins executive Tom Fitzgerald.
-In the seventh round, the Canucks selected defenseman Miles Liberati, a native of Cheswick, Pa., with the 205th overall pick. Liberati's selection marked the 15th consecutive year a Pittsburgh-area player was selected in the NHL draft.
-Also in the seventh round, the Devils acquired the 208th pick from the Kings and allowed all-everything goaltender Martin Brodeur to announce the drafting of his son, goaltender Anthony Brodeur (right), at the Prudential Center,
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