SUNRISE, Florida – Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford had “serious talks” with five or six teams regarding trade opportunities on Day 1 of the NHL Draft Friday night in Florida, but nothing materialized.
“We talked about a lot of things,” Rutherford said. “We’re trying to be patient at this point in time.”
The Pens did not have a pick in the first round, having traded their selection – 16th overall – as part of the deal to acquire David Perron from Edmonton.
The Pens biggest asset is their plethora of young, talented defensemen. So it’s no surprise that most teams expressed interest.
“Consistently, they’re after our young defensemen,” Rutherford said. “It’s been that way for a long time.”
The Pens have four picks for Day 2 of the Draft Saturday afternoon: second round (46th overall); fifth round (137th); sixth round (167th); and seventh round (197).