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Ryan Reaves traded to Penguins by Blues

Pittsburgh acquires physical forward for No. 31 pick in NHL Draft, Oskar Sundqvist

by Mike Battaglino / Staff Writer

Ryan Reaves was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the St. Louis Blues on Friday for the No. 31 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas and forward Oskar Sundqvist.

"[Ryan is] a guy that brings a physical dimension to our team, which is something that I think can help us moving forward," coach Mike Sullivan told the Penguins website at the draft in Chicago. "He's good on the forecheck. He's a sound two-way player that we can put on the ice."

Pittsburgh also received the No. 51 pick in the 2017 draft. With the final pick of the first round, St. Louis selected forward Klim Kostin.

"When you want to get the guy that's the best at doing what he does, then you have to pay a price," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Regardless of what we paid, we're very happy to have him."

Reaves, a 30-year-old forward, had an NHL career-high 13 points (seven goals, six assists) with 104 penalty minutes in 80 games this season. He has 695 penalty minutes in 419 NHL games.

After winning the Stanley Cup for a second straight season, Rutherford said he would be looking to acquire a player who could prevent opponents from taking physical advantage of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and other top players.

"Ryan is a guy that, when he's in your lineup, people take notice," Sullivan said. "One of the tactics that teams deploy against us is they try to be physical, they try to bang us, slow us down. ... I think Ryan can help us with a little bit of pushback in that regard."

Sundqvist, 23, did not have a point this season in 10 NHL games and two Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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