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Penguins Hold the 22nd-Overall Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have five selections, including the 22nd-overall pick in Friday night’s first round, at the 2014 NHL Draft which will begin on Friday and conclude Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Round 1 of the NHL Draft will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and will be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network. Coverage of Rounds 2-7 can be found on the NHL Network beginning on Saturday at 10 a.m.

In addition to the 22nd-overall selection, the Penguins have single picks in the fourth round (113th overall), fifth round (145th overall), sixth round (173rd overall) and seventh round (203rd overall).

Pittsburgh acquired the 145th pick from the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 6, 2013 in exchange for Ben Lovejoy. The Penguins traded their own fifth-round pick (143rd overall) to Florida in exchange for forward Marcel Goc.

The Penguins do not have choices in the second and third rounds after trading both selections. Pittsburgh’s second-round pick (53rd overall) was sent to the San Jose Sharks in the Douglas Murray deal two seasons ago, and its third-round pick (58th overall) was traded to the Calgary Flames for forward Lee Stempniak.

The last time the Penguins picked 22nd they selected Olli Maatta.

The Penguins most recently held the 22nd selection in the 2012 NHL Draft held at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh used that pick on defenseman Olli Maatta, who was one of the NHL’s top rookies in 2013-14, placing third among all first-year blueliners with 29 points (9G-20A).

Other recent notable NHL players who have been selected with the 22nd-overall pick include Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux (2006), Montreal’s Max Pacioretty (’07) and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle (’08).

In total, Pittsburgh had 13 players drafted by the organization play at some point for the team during the 2013-14 regular season. That number includes seven former first-round picks, all of whom helped the Penguins overcome 529 man-games lost due to injury and propel the team to its eighth consecutive playoff appearance.

Former first-round picks who played for the Penguins in 2013-14 were Brooks Orpik (2000, 18th overall), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003, 1st), Evgeni Malkin (2004, 2nd), Sidney Crosby (2005, 1st), Simon Despres (2009, 30th), Beau Bennett (2010, 20th) and Olli Maatta (2012, 22nd).

Other Pittsburgh draft picks to dress for the Penguins this season included Rob Scuderi (1998, 134th), Kris Letang (2005, 62nd), Joe Vitale (2005, 195th), Robert Bortuzzo (2007, 78th), Dustin Jeffrey (2007, 171st) and Philip Samuelsson (2009, 61st).

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