"My dad saw the Pens win the Cup in '92, so he wanted me to pick up a hockey stick. Who knows -- if they wouldn't have won, I may not be sitting here now."
-- Rangers' draft pick Jonathan Miller
-- Minnesota may be the state of hockey, but the early part of Draft Weekend had a Pittsburgh feel to it.
Four players from the region -- three of whom are graduates of the same minor-hockey program -- were picked in the first 64 selections.
"I think it's a validation of a long journey that Pittsburgh has taken in hockey," David Morehouse, Penguins CEO/President and a Pittsburgh native.
Jonathan Miller, a center with the U.S. National Team Development Program, was taken by the
with the 15th pick in the draft. His teammate, goaltender
. At No. 43, the
, and at No. 64, the
. Prior to going to junior hockey, Miller, Gibson and Saad were teammates with the Pittsburgh Hornets AAA hockey team.