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Penguins Day 2 2011 NHL Draft Picks

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
ST. PAUL, MN – The Penguins completed their second day at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center by taking four players (one defensemen and three forwards).

“We got players that play the Penguins way,” Penguins assistant director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton said. “We spend a lot of time talking about it, with a lot of focus on that and the kids that came out of here today as part of our organization, they play like Penguins.”

Here is a glance at each pick, with some insight from Sexton.

Name: Scott Harrington
Selection: Second Round (54th overall)
Position: D
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Amateur Team: London (OHL)

Note: A 6-foot, 200-pound defensemen from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Harrington, 18, appeared in 67 games this past season for the Knights, collecting six goals, 16 assists and 22 points. Harrington, a Kingston, ON native, was teammates this past season with defenseman Reid McNeill, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2010 draft. In two seasons with the Knights, Harrington has recorded 36 points (7G-29A) and posted a plus-11 rating in 122 contests.

Sexton’s Take: “We like the way he plays. He’s a very good skate with good mobility. He sees the ice well and moves the puck. He has a big strong frame, needs to get stronger. He can play with an edge, but needs to do it more consistently. A more defensive focus than offense, but he’s not incompetent offensively.”


Name: Dominik Uher
Selection: Fifth Round (144th overall)
Position: C
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Amateur Team: Spokane (WHL)

Note: A 6-foot, 195-pound forward from Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Uher, 18, finished the regular season ranked fourth on Spokane with 60 points (21G-39A) in 65 games. He added 11 points (2G-9A) in 17 postseason contests. A native of Ostvava, CZE, Uher has produced 76 points (25G-51A) in 118 games with the Chiefs.

Sexton’s Take: “He plays hard. He’s strong. He has good speed. He put up reasonable numbers. He plays like a Penguin. A great two-way guy.”


Name: Josh Archibald
Selection: Sixth Round (174th overall)
Position: F
Height: 5-10
Weight: 161
Amateur Team: Brainerd (Minnesota High School)

Note: A 5-10, 165-pound forward from Brainerd High School in Brainerd, MN. Archibald, 18, was a finalist for the state of Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey award after notching 27 goals, 46 assists and 73 points in 25 games for Brainerd. The Regina, SK product was the captain this past season for Brainerd – which is the same high school Penguins prospect Carl Sneep attended. Archibald will attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall. His father, Jim, was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round (139th overall) of the 1981 Draft and appeared in 16 NHL games for the North Stars.

Sexton’s Take: “Very good speed, physical, aggressive. He put up good numbers in the Minnesota High School league."


Name: Scott Wilson
Selection: Seventh Round (209th overall)
Position: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 166
Amateur Team: Georgetown (OJHL)

Note: A 5-foot-11, 166-pound forward from Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJHL). Wilson, 18, produced 20 goals, 41 assists and 61 points in 42 games this past season for the Raiders. The Oakville, ON native spent three years with Georgetown, collecting 44 goals, 85 assists and 129 points in 104 games. He added 20 points (10G-10A) in 16 postseason contests. Wilson will attend the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the fall.

Sexton’s Take: “Speed, tenacious, good skills, plays hard and in your face. He’s a power-play, penalty kill guy, good all around. He’s tenacious. He comes at you.”

Author: Sam Kasan
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