The Pittsburgh Penguins made 18-year-old Daniel Sprong of the Charlottetown Islanders (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) their top draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, picking him with the 46th-overall selection in the second round.
The 6-foot, 180 pound Sprong was ranked No. 20th overall among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting and 26th overall by International Scouting Services.
A native of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sprong moved to Montreal, Quebec when he was seven years old. While in North America, Sprong played for multiple teams prior to Charlottetown including the Lac St-Louis Tigres (League of Excellence of Quebec) and the Wilkes-Barre Knights (Atlantic Metro Hockey League), a travelling team where he tallied 32 points (9G-23A) in 11 games.
With the Charlottetown Islanders, Sprong finished the 2014-15 campaign with career-highs in goals (39), assists (49) and points (88) in 68 games. Sprong has paced the Islanders in goals, assists and points in both seasons that he’s been with the club, including his rookie campaign in 2013-14 where his 68 points (30G-38A) ranked second among QMJHL rookies and earned him a spot on the QMJHL’s ‘All-Rookie Team’.
Sprong suited up for all 10 of Charlottetown’s games in the 2015 QMJHL playoffs, where he led the Islanders with seven goals and 11 points (tied), helping them to their first playoff series win since 2004.
In two seasons with the Islanders, Sprong has tallied a total of 156 points (69G-87A) in 135 career games.