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Four Forwards Highlight Penguins’ 2015 Draft Class

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected four forwards on the second day of the 2015 NHL Draft.

After drafting Daniel Sprong earlier in the day with their second-round selection, the Penguins took a trio of forwards including fifth-round pick Dominik Simon (137th overall), sixth-round selection Frederik Tiffels (167th overall) and seventh-rounder Nikita Pavlychev (197th overall).

Sprong and Pavlychev both played amateur hockey for the Wilkes-Barre Knights, located in the same town as the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

In the fifth round, Pittsburgh added to its forward depth by selecting 20-year-old Dominik Simon of the HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga, the team that is owned by former Penguin Martin Straka. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound forward finished the 2014-15 campaign tied for third on HC Plzen in scoring with 30 points (18G-12A) in 52 games.

A native of Praha, Czech Republic, Simon has appeared internationally multiple times for the Czech Republic. Most recently, Simon tallied six points (1G-5A) in 10 games at the 2015 World Championship. He also was an alternate captain on the Czech Republic’s 2014 U-20 World Junior Championship squad where he posted 4 points (2G-2A) in five games.

With the 167th pick the Penguins chose 20-year-old forward Frederik Tiffels of the Western Michigan Broncos of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Tiffels, a 6-foot, 192-pound Cologne, Germany native appeared in 32 regular-season games for the Broncos, posting 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points.

Tiffels appeared in both the 2014 and 2015 U-20 World Junior Championships for Germany, where he totaled 9 points (5G-4A) in 13 contests. His four points (2G-2A) in six games at the 2015 World Junior Championship led all German skaters.

The Penguins concluded their 2015 Class by taking 6-foot-7, 200-pound center Nikita Pavlychev in the seventh round (197th overall). Pavlychev, 18, has played parts of two seasons for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, totaling 17 points (6G-11A) in 46 games.

While with the Wilkes-Barre Knights, Pavlychev notched 49 points (19G-30A) in 43 games from 2012-14.

The Yaroslavl, Russia native was ranked No. 153rd overall among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Pavlychev will be attending Penn State University in the fall.

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