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Penguins Have Five Picks in 2011 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have five picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft instead of the typical seven (one in each round) thanks to four separate transactions over the past two-and-a-half years.

The Penguins still have their first-round selection (No. 23 overall) and second-round pick (No. 54 overall) intact.

But the Penguins no longer have a third-round selection, as they traded that pick to Philadelphia during last year’s draft (June 25, 2010) in exchange for the negotiating rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis (click here for details).

The Penguins also do not have a fourth-round selection, as they traded that pick to Edmonton on Jan. 17, 2009 – along with goaltender Dany Sabourin and forward Ryan Stone – in exchange for goaltender Mathieu Garon (click here for details).

Pittsburgh’s fifth-round pick (No. 144 overall) and sixth-round pick (No. 174 overall) are both still intact.

The Penguins acquired Alex Kovalev from Ottawa just before this year’s trade deadline in exchange for a seventh-round pick (click here for details).

However, Pittsburgh still has a seventh-round selection thanks to a trade with San Jose during last year’s draft. The Penguins traded their seventh-round pick (200th overall) to the Sharks in exchange for a seventh-round selection at the 2011 Entry Draft, which ended up being the 209th-overall pick (click here for details).
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