For the second-consecutive season the Penguins have shipped away their seventh-round pick (200th overall). The Penguins dealt their pick to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh-round selection next season. The Penguins Class of 2010 is now complete.
Wow did those picks come fast and furious there in that round! To get you caught up in case you stepped away, the Penguins chose a pair of blueliners from the Ontario Hockey League - Joe Rogalski
(152nd overall) and Reid McNeill
(170th overall) - in the sixth round. Click to read more on Rogalski
The Penguins chose London defenseman Reid McNeill
with the second of their two sixth-round draft choices. McNeill, who was rated No. 151 among North American skaters, stands 6-foot-3, 191 pounds. He becomes the second defenseman and first Canadian drafted by the Penguins in 2010.
Penguins draft picks Kenneth Agostino (left) and Tom Kuehnhackl (right) pose together between photo shoots at STAPLES Center.
The Penguins have two selections in Round 6 and the first one is in as Joe Rogalski
from Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League becomes the first defenseman drafted by Pittsburgh in 2010. The Buffalo, NY native registered six goals and 29 points in 66 games with Sarnia this past season. Pittsburgh also holds the 170th pick in this round.
One year after taking Delbarton, New Jersey high school blueliner Alex Velischek
last year, the Penguins once again dipped into that high school to take forward Kenneth Agostino with their fifth-round selection. Agostino recorded 50 goals and 83 in 27 games this past season with Delbarton. He will be attending Yale this fall.
For those of you interested in reading more about Penguins fourth-round pick Tom Kuehnhackl (KOO-knock-el) check out this Q & A from Yahoo! Sports
. Kuehnhackl will be coming to North America next season to play for Bob Boughner and the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL this upcoming season. Here
is Kuehnhackl's media release.
Penguins fourth-round pick Tom Kuehnhackl
Another Penguins draft pick and yet another wing added to the stable as right winger Tom Kuehnhackl
, Central Scouting's No. 8 ranked European skater was added to the fold. Kuehnhackl must be on Cloud 9 right now because he grew up a Penguins fan, patterns his game after Sidney Crosby
and his most-memorable moment was the Penguins winning the '09 Stanley Cup.
to read more on Penguins third-round draft pick Bryan Rust
, who will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
Penguins third-round pick Bryan Rust
The Penguins selected forward Bryan Rust
from the United States National Development Team with their third-round selection (80th overall). Rust, 18, was one of the Americans top fowards at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships in Belarus when he recorded four goals and six points in seven games as the U.S. won the gold medal.
A couple of interesting prospects have gone in recent picks in addition to the Blackhawks taking Stephen Johns. The Tampa Bay Lightning took defenseman Brock Beaukeboom, son of former Rangers defenseman Jeff, with the No. 63 pick. At pick No. 65 the division-rival New York Islanders chose forward Kirill Kabanov from Moncton of the QMJHL. Kabanov was rated as a top-five talent prior to the season, but some of his bizarre actions during the season raised red flags for talent evaluators. You have to like what the Islanders have done thus far in picking Kabanov and first-rounder Nino Niederreiter - two potential wingers to play with last year's No. 1-overall pick John Tavares.
Wampum's Stephen Johns became the fourth-highest drafted player from Western Pennsylvania when the Chicago Blackhawks took the 18-year-old defenseman with the 60th and final selection of the second round.
Johns, who stands 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, spent the past two seasons playing for the United States National Development Team which has dominated international competition. Johns, who grew up admiring Brooks Orpik
, recorded three assists and posted a plus-2 rating as the U.S. captured the gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships.
The Colorado Avalanche took the top-rated goaltender as ranked by Central Scouting, Calvin Pickard from Seattle of the WHL. Pickard was a finalist for the WHL Goalie of the Year award despite the fact that the Thunderbirds were one of the weakest teams in the WHL this past season. His brother, Chet, was a 2008 first-round selection by the Nashville Predators (18th overall).
While we have a free minute, let's have some fun with numbers regarding yesterday's first round:
- There were a record 11 Americans drafted in the first round yesterday, including Penguins first-round draft pick Beau Bennett
- Bennett became the highest-drafted NHL player from the state of California when the Penguins took him at 20th overall.
- Bennett becomes the first winger selected in the first round by the Penguins since Colby Armstrong was taken 21st overall in 2001.
- The most-recent time the Penguins chose a player from the British Columbia Hockey League was 2007 when they took center Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Merritt) 80th overall.
- In total there were 22 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders taken in the first round.
- Of the 30 first-round picks, 14 were Canadian, 11 from the United States and five from Europe.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero and director of amateur scouting Jay Heinbuck go over their lists in preparation for today.
One player we all will be keeping tabs on today is Wampum, Pennsylvania native Stephen Johns. The 18-year-old product from the U.S. National Development Team is regarded as one of the top physical specimens in the draft. We did a feature on Johns
earlier this week.
Florida chose center John McFarland with the 3rd pick of the second round. McFarland was regarded as one of the top five players in the draft prior to this season. He finished the year ranked 15th overall by Central Scouting.
Round 2 is officially underway as the Edmonton Oilers begin the process by selecting Tyler Pitlick, a center from Minnesota State. Pitlick, the nephew of former NHLer Lance Pitlick, becomes the second player taken from the U.S. college ranks. We won't be able to keep you updated on all 180 picks here in Rounds 2-7, but we will definitely keep you posted on the notables.
Welcome to Day 2 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from STAPLES Center at Los Angeles. The Penguins will have six picks this afternoon: 80th, 110th, 140th, 152nd, 170th and 200th. They do not have a second-round pick but have two selections in the sixth round. Yesterday the Penguins chose Penticton forward Beau Bennett 20th overall
. The Penguins also made a splash shortly after the first round ended when they sent a 2011 third-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the rights to veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis