Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong, who saw NHL action with Pittsburgh earlier this year, was named the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s ‘Second Star’ of the week.
Sprong, 18, had six assists in two games for the Charlottetown Islanders last week, including his third four-point game of the year with four helpers on Friday night against division-leading Saint John.
Saturday, the 6-foot, 180-pound Sprong collected his 200th career QMJHL point with his second assist on Saturday. Sprong has 84 goals, 116 assists and 200 points in 166 career QMJHL regular-season contests.
Since returning to Charlottetown in December, Sprong has 44 points (15G-29A) in 31 games.
If Sprong’s 1.42 point-per-game average was projected over the course of a full QMJHL season, he would rank among the top-eight scorers in the league.
Earlier this year, Sprong made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh, playing in 18 games and scoring two goals.
Pittsburgh’s second-round (46th overall) selection in 2015, Sprong is one of two Penguins’ draft picks from the most-recent class to already make their league debut after fifth-round (137th overall) pick Dominik Simon had an assist on Matt Cullen’s game-winning goal in Sunday’s 5-3 win against the New York Rangers. That game was Simon’s NHL debut.
Sprong and Simon give the Penguins two of the six players from the 2015 NHL Draft to log NHL action this year. They are the only two players chosen outside of the top-10 picks to play.