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MEET THE PENGUINS: 2017 NHL Entry Draft Recap

2017 Draft logoThis is your one-stop shop during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft! Whether or not you’re following along with the television broadcast or just hitting the refresh button on mobile, Skating on the Susquehanna is exactly where Penguins fans want to be on draft night.

Unless some deals are struck, Pittsburgh won’t make its first selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft until the very last pick of the first round. So we’ll be updating this live blog with anything interesting happening in the first round leading up to the Penguins’ pick at 31. After that, we’ll only cover every one of Pittsburgh’s picks on Saturday.

Every player selection will be accompanied by a detailed scouting report, so you know exactly who’s just joined the organization and who could be suiting up for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton someday down the line.

This blog was updated LIVE throughout the draft festivities on Friday and Saturday, and has since been reorganized to show the Penguins’ picks in chronological order first. You can scroll all the way to the bottom to see old updates from our first round coverage:
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2017 NHL DRAFT PREVIEW: Potential Penguins Targets

Nolan or NicoAfter the historic expansion draft in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, the hockey world is back to its regularly scheduled program. Up next in the offseason is the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, for which the finest young stars will blow into the Windy City in hopes of being whisked away by an NHL club. Of course, many of the players selected on June 23 and 24 will dazzle fans in the AHL, as well.

At the top of the draft rankings are two centermen separated by the slimmest of margins, creating one of the most hotly contested “Who’s No. 1?” debates in hockey history. By virtue of winning the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t a part of the Nico or Nolan conversation. Pittsburgh’s first selection will comes 31st overall, followed by picks in rounds three, five (2), six and seven.

Just because the marquee-name prospects won’t mean all the talent will be scooped up by the time the Penguins are on the clock. Recent Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stars like Oskar Sundqvist, Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson and Matt Murray weren’t even taken in the first 80 picks of their respective drafts. Jake Guentzel was selected 77th overall in 2013, and there’s not a hockey fan on planet earth who can try and belittle what he’s accomplished in his short pro career so far.

The point is: There’s always talent available at any point in any draft class. You just have to find it. Here are some names that Pittsburgh might be considering calling in Chicago this weekend…

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THE NHL EXPANSION DRAFT ALL-PURPOSE PRIMER

Now that the dust has settled from another year of hockey (and the Pittsburgh Penguins reign supreme once again), the offseason begins. This summer will not be your prototypical offseason, though. No, no, no. For the first time since the turn of the new millennium, the NHL will have an expansion draft.

And that event will be here before you know it.

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With the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights as the NHL’s 31st member club, the new team will fill out a roster through the expansion draft. The NHL has done this well before the advent of Sin City hockey, too. The league has held 11 prior expansion drafts, the first of which took place in 1967 when the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises were joined by the congregation of the Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals, Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The landscape of the game has altered significantly since 1967 (and, for that matter, from 2000, the last time an NHL Expansion Draft took place). The league exists in a salary cap era now, contract details have become increasingly more complex and widespread media coverage has evolved hand-in-hand with rampant fan fervor. Therefore, there are a lot of moving parts going into this upcoming event, and it can be very, very confusing.

Fret not, hockey fan, because we will happily explain everything you need to know about the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft and hope to answer any questions you may have.

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MURRAY NETS NEW DEAL

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Matt Murray has experienced tremendous success in his brief pro career, from re-writing the American Hockey League’s record books in 2014-15 to raising the Stanley Cup last June in Pittsburgh.

Now the young net minder, who still hasn’t experienced a full season in the NHL, appears to have secured his immediate future.

Murray signed a three-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins today, a deal that kicks in with the start of the 2017-18 season.  He is slated to make more than $11 million over the course of the contract.  Not bad for a player who started last year third on the Pittsburgh depth chart.

The 22-year old from Thunder Bay, Ontario, has yet to suit up for Pittsburgh this season, due to a hand injury suffered in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.  But Murray was back on the ice practicing with the club shortly after putting pen to paper on his new deal.

 

PITTSBURGH PLAYS FIRST HOME PRESEASON GAME TONIGHT

Rowney_2The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks face off for the second time in three days this evening, this time taking to the ice at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.  The game will be broadcast on the NHL Network, and can be listened to via the Penguins app or online at 105.9 the X.

Once again, the Penguins roster will have more than a few familiar faces for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans.

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
35 Tristan Jarry

Defensemen
4 Justin Schultz
5 David Warsofsky
6 Trevor Daley
8 Brian Dumoulin
33 Reid McNeill
51 Derrick Pouliot
61 Steve Oleksy

Forwards

11 Kevin Porter
16 Eric Fehr
19 Garrett Wilson
23 Scott Wilson
25 Tom Sestito
34 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Carter Rowney
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea
43 Conor Sheary
45 Josh Archibald
49 Dominik Simon
59 Jake Guentzel

 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open training camp on Saturday at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre.  The first on-ice session is slated for 10:30 am that morning, and all practices at the Toyota Sportsplex are free and open to the public.  Find a full training camp schedule here.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.  More info on packages is available here.

JARRY, PENGUINS SHUT OUT BLACKHAWKS IN PRESEASON ACTION

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Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 30 saves and Chris Kunitz tallied twice, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0, in preseason action at the United Center on Wednesday night.

The win evened the Penguins exhibition record at 1-1-0.  The two teams will face off once again on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Jarry figures to start the season as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray recovers from a broken hand suffered at the World Cup of Hockey.  He was especially impressive early in the contest, stopping 13 shots during the opening frame.

Tom Sestito provided some fireworks as well, dropping the gloves against Jordin Tootoo in the first period.  It was a carry over from a feud that started last season while Tootoo was a member of the New Jersey Devils.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open training camp on Saturday at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre.  The first on-ice session is slated for 10:30 am that morning, and all practices at the Toyota Sportsplex are free and open to the public.  Find a full training camp schedule here.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.  More info on packages is available here.

PENS DROP FIRST PRESEASON CONTEST; PREP FOR SECOND

JakeFree agent signing Garrett Wilson recorded both goals and dropped the gloves as the Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, on Tuesday night at the Joe Louis Arena.  It was the Pens’ first preseason game of 2016 for both squads.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was well-represented in the contest, with 15 players who suited up for the AHL club last season taking part in the game.

The Penguins are back in action tonight when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.  Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30pm, and fans can listen to the game via the Pittsburgh Penguins app, or online at 105.9 the X.

Once again, Pittsburgh’s lineup will be feature more than a few faces familiar to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans.  Tonight’s roster:

Goaltenders
1 Casey DeSmith
35 Tristan Jarry

Defensemen
2 Chad Ruhwedel
5 David Warsofsky
6 Trevor Daley
8 Brian Dumoulin
24 Cameron Gaunce
42 Ethan Prow
55 Barry Goers

Forwards

11 Kevin Porter
14 Chris Kunitz
16 Eric Fehr
19 Garrett Wilson
25 Tom Sestito
37 Carter Rowney
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea
45 Josh Archibald
49 Dominik Simon
52 Sahir Gill
56 Ryan Haggerty
59 Jake Guentzel