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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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The Daily Penguin – Dec. 8, 2016

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Be excited, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hockey fans, because Jake Guentzel and Derrick Pouliot are back in Northeastern Pennsylvania (CitizensVoice.comTribLive.comPost-Gazette.com)

Those in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton locker room speak about the team’s success in St. John’s (TimesLeader.com)

The defense duo of Justin Schultz and Ian Cole is finding success similar to that which they had in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (TribLive.com)

Pittsburgh is focused on continuing its speedy style, but reining in its opponents’ chances moving forward (Post-Gazette.com)

The Daily Penguin – Nov. 11, 2016

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Front page headline today: Thank you, veterans.

Today is Veterans Day, and though we are constantly in awe and appreciation of the sacrifices you made in service of our country, we would like to take today to remind you that we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is all geared up for the tango of titans at Mohegan Sun Arena tonight with Toronto (TimesLeader.comCitizensVoice.com)

Recaps from Pittsburgh first regulation loss at home this season (TribLive.comPost-Gazette.comTimesOnline.com)

Mike Sullivan has been none too pleased with the shot totals the Penguins’ opponents have accumulated (Post-Gazette.com)

Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh’s power play has been strong as of late. Conor Sheary wants the same success on the team’s second PP unit (TribLive.com)

OPPONENT NEWS

Toronto: Former Marlies defenseman Zach Yuen determined to represent China at the 2022 Olympic Games (TorontoSun.com)

The Daily Penguin – Nov. 10, 2016

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Get the Penguins’ thoughts on their current stature as the No. 1 team in the AHL standings (TimesLeader.com)

Sidney Crosby certainly knows how  to use his, er, “dimensions” to his advantage (Post-Gazette.com)

Things are good in Steel Town right now, but to improve, Pittsburgh is searching for a more balanced offensive attack (TribLive.com)

This current version of Sidney Crosby is one of the better ones we’ve ever seen (Post-Gazette.com)

Not everything is sunshine and rainbows in Pittsburgh, though, as Paul Zeise is unafraid to lay some criticism at the feet of the 9-2-2 Penguins (Post-Gazette.com)

Pittsburgh is preparing for a match-up with a defensive-minded Bruce Boudreau-led Minnesota Wild squad (ESPN.com)

Wilkes University has decided to delay the start of its hockey program to 2018-19 (TimesLeader.com)

The Daily Penguin – Nov. 4, 2016

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Reid Gardiner adjusting to the pro game (TimesLeader.com)

Seth Lakso provides a scouting report of the Penguins’ Friday night opponent (CitizensVoice.com)

Oskar Sundqvist trying to add different elements to his already refined two-way game (Post-Gazette.com)

Recaps from Pittsburgh’s late night OT loss to Los Angeles (TribLive.comPost-Gazette.com)

Pittsburgh is returning to form in a signature area of strength for Mike Sullivan teams: the second period (Post-Gazette.com)

Tom Sestito continued to make strides with the Penguins (TribLive.com)