Pittsburgh Penguins 2007 first-round draft choice Angelo Esposito will compete for Team Canada in the Super Series between national junior teams from Canada and Russia.
Esposito, the 20th-overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft, will take part in the one-time, eight-game series scheduled for Aug. 27 through Sept. 9.
Esposito, 18, is one of 14 players on Team Canada that were selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft. He spent the 2006-07 season with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) scoring 79 points (27 goals, 52 assists) in 60 games played. Esposito, a native of Montreal, helped lead the Remparts to the 2006 Memorial Cup Championship. He was awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the QMJHL’s Top Offensive Rookie and named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06.
The squads for both Canada and Russia will be comprised of the top junior players from their respective countries under the age of 20. The Super Series was initiated to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Canada/Russia Summit Series. Canada won the original series with a record of 4-3-1. The first four games of the Super Series will be played in Russia and the last four will be played in Canada.