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Penguins to Make Six Selections in the 2019 NHL Draft this Weekend

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have six selections, including the 21st-overall pick in tonight's first round, at this year's NHL Draft on June 21-22 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.

Round 1 of the draft will begin on Friday, June 21 at 8:00PM ET and be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Rounds 2-7 will take place the following day, Saturday, June 22 at 1:00PM ET and be broadcast on NHL Network.

The Penguins will also select once in the fourth (98th overall), and twice in the fifth (145th and 151st) and seventh (203rd and 207th) rounds.

Pittsburgh is looking to make a selection in the first round for the first time since 2014 when Kasperi Kapanen was drafted with the 22nd-overall pick.

The 2019 NHL Draft also marks the first time the Penguins will pick 21st overall since the 2001 NHL Draft, where the team picked winger Colby Armstrong. Armstrong went on to record 209 points (89G-120A) in 476 games over eight NHL seasons. 

Other recent notable 21st-overall picks include Boston's Tuukka Rask (2005), St. Louis' Robby Fabbri ('14), and Ottawa's Colin White ('15).

Below is a breakdown of each Pittsburgh pick and how they were acquired.

Penguins' 2019 NHL Draft Picks
Round 1  Pick #21
Round 4 Pick #98 (From BUF)
Round 5 Pick #145
Round 5  Pick #151 (From CHI)
Round 7 Pick #203 (From VGK)
Round 7 Pick #207

The Penguins got the 98th pick from Buffalo on June 27, 2018 in a deal that sent Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Sabres. The 151st pick (originally belonging to Tampa Bay) was most recently acquired from Chicago along with Dominik Kahun in a trade that sent Olli Maatta to the Blackhawks on June 15, 2019. The 203rd selection was sent to Pittsburgh from Vegas at last year's draft in exchange for the Penguins' 2018 7th round draft pick. 

Pittsburgh does not have a selection in the second, third, or sixth round after multiple trades:

  • The Penguins' 2019 second round pick and two 2019 fourth round picks were sent to Florida along with Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann on February 1, 2019.
  • The team's 2019 third round selection was traded to Ottawa on February 23, 2018 as part of a three-team trade with the Senators and Golden Knights that saw Derick Brassard, Tobias Lindberg, Vincent Dunn, and a 2018 third round pick come to Pittsburgh. 
  • The 2019 sixth round pick was sent to Arizona on December 19, 2017 along with Josh Archibald and Sean Maguire in exchange for Michael Leighton and a 2019 4th round pick (which was later sent to Florida as part of the Bjugstad/McCann trade).

Stay up-to-date this weekend with the Penguins' official draft page, which will include a pick-by-pick recap, prospect rankings courtesy of NHL Central Scouting, and prospect feature stories.

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