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Penguins draft Simon in fifth round - 06-27-15

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The Penguins have drafted forward Dominik Simon with their fifth pick (No. 137 overall) in the draft.

Simon, 20, appeared in 52 games for HC Plzen of the Czech Republic's ELH and scored 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists. Former Penguins star forward Martin Straka is the general manager of that team.

A left-handed shot, Simon, a native of the Czech Republic is listed as 5-foot-11 and 176 pounds.

A brief report on Simon from Hockey's Future:

"Simon has been one of the most refreshing participants in the tournament. The undrafted 20-year-old has been part of many Czech junior teams, having even been a key ingredient to beating Canada at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship. This past season he broke through as a pro with HC Plzen, putting up 19 goals and 33 points in 56 games [including playoffs], making him one of the few members of the team to have spent the season in the Czech Republic. That he now has a goal and five assists at the World Championship is nothing more than an exclamation point on the type of player he’s become."

-There aren't many highlights of Simon. Here's a goal he scored off an assist from former NHLer Martin Ruchinsky for the Czech Republic in a Euro Hockey Tour game against Russia in February:

-Here's a slick shootout goal he scored against Canada in a 2013 World Junior Championship tournament game:

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Penguins draft Sprong in second round - 06-27-15

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With their second round pick (No. 46) the Penguins have selected Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) right winger Daniel Sprong.

A native of Amsterdam, Sprong, 18, appeared in 68 games as a rookie last season and scored 88 points (39 goals, 49 assists). A right-handed shot, he stands 6-foot-0 and weighs 183 pounds.

The scouting report on him from Elite Prospects:

"A prolific scoring winger who possesses an elite-level skillset: has dynamic skating ability, is a creative passer, and has incredible puckhandling ability. While he is offensively dominant, he is also defensively responsible. A very hard working player who strives to improve all aspects of his game. Absolutely electric."

-Some highlights and a biography:

-From the NHL's Web site:

"Sprong started his minor hockey career in Amsterdam, where it was a 45-minute drive to the only arena in the city. There were so few hockey players in town that at age four and five he played on a team of 12- and 13-year-olds."

-Sprong's father, Hannie, played professionally in the Netherlands during the 1990s.

-Daniel Sprong could become the second Dutch-born player to play in the NHL. The first was former Flames/Blues defenseman Ed Kea who played in the 1970s and 1980s.

(Photo: Ghyslain Bergeron/Canadian Press)

 

A prolific scoring winger who possesses an elite-level skillset: has dynamic skating ability, is a creative passer, and has incredible puckhandling ability. While he is offensively dominant, he is also defensively responsible. A very hard working player who strives to improve all aspects of his game. Absolutely electric. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014) - See more at: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=231299#sthash.p1rrMD6Y.dpuf

 

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Empty Netter Assists - All is quiet for the Penguins - 06-27-15

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-Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford's attempts to swing a trade during the first night of the draft did not bear fruit.

-The first round of the draft can be viewed here.

-Ben Hankinson, agent for pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Paul Martin, had a meeting with Penguins brass Friday.

-Rutherford speaks:

-Head coach Mike Johnston speaks:

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Eric Cairns. Acquired midway through the 2005-06 season from the Panthers in exchange for a draft pick, Cairns spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in a combined 28 games in those two seasons and recorded one goal as well as 92 penalty minutes. After missing all but one game in 2006-07 due to an injury, Cairns retired and took a position in player development with the Islanders. Cairns may be most famous for getting into a fight as an Islander with former Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby in the bowels of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the 1999-2000 season:

-After the Jump: The Bruins clean house.

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Free gardening/cooking demonstration Sunday with Doug and free garlic and garden swag too!

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blog Janoskis GarlicThis 'German White' garlic was just pulled at Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse when I arrived. I wish you could smell it! Photos by Doug Oster

blog 3 Victoria BlueWe've got two flats of 'Victoria Blue' salvia to give away.This Sunday, June 28, 2015 I'll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser for our free monthly gardening/cooking demonstration at three Giant Eagle Market District Stores on Sunday.

We're at the Bethel Park GEMD at 9:30am, Waterworks at 12 noon and Pine at 2:30pm.

The event is all about herbs. How to grow them and use them in the kitchen. We'll be cooking Grilled Trout with Oregano and Grilled Rosemary Onions. They'll also be an herb tasting with the Giant Eagle chefs too. The Organic Gardeners also have lots of garden swag to giveaway too. Seeds, AAS winning daylilies, BrazelBerry blueberry plants, Soergel Orchards gift certificates, two flats of 'Victoria Blue' salvia courtesy of Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse. Janoski's has also sweetened the pot with 50 heads of fresh 'German White' garlic for planting!

Hope to see you there!

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NHL Draft chat - 06-26-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

We will be hosting a live chat for the first round of tonight's NHL draft.

The draft and the chat begin at approximately 7 p.m. You can participate below:

Live Blog NHL Draft - Round 1
 

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