Penguins select Lafferty in fourth round - 06-28-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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.

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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 "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."


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