The Penguins have selected right winger Sam Lafferty in the fourth round (No. 113 overall) of the NHL draft.
Lafferty, 19, is a native of Hollidaysburg, Pa. He played for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts the past three seasons. Last season, Lafferty (6-foot-0, 176 pounds) appeared in 25 games and scored 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists).
He is expected to play for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks of the BCHL Tri-City of the USHL next season. He has committed to Brown University at the start of the 2015-16 season.
A scouting report from NHL.com:
Deerfield coach Brendan Creagh believes the 6-1, 178-pound left wing has what it takes to become a pro player. The left-handed shooter is a C-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list among high school players in the United States.
"He has the work ethic," Creagh told NHL.com. "I have never coached a kid more willing to make the sacrifices to improve. If he wants it, he'll put in the work."
Lafferty, who will attend Brown University in 2014-15, has seven goals and 24 points in nine games at the Massachusetts prep school. He considers himself a good skater with good vision on the ice.
"I like his skill package; he's a nice skater with nice puck skills," Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen said. "He looks like he has a lot of potential."