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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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No matter how hideous you think he sounds on the phone, “Jake From State Farm” has been dominating the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans knew about Jake Guentzel’s skills and scoring prowess for about a full calendar year before hockey fans around the globe were introduced to his jaw-dropping capabilities. He’s not a secret anymore, and everyone has taken notice of his historic postseason production.

Guentzel scored his playoff-leading 10th goal on Monday night, making him just the fifth rookie in the league’s 100-year history to achieve double digits in goal-scoring in one postseason. He also has four game-winning goals, tied for the most by a rookie in history, too.

Ten goals isn’t the all-time record, though. Here’s a look at some of Guentzel’s peers in the history books. Who’s he chasing? Who has he surpassed? These are the names and faces he will be associated with when people talk about the finest rookie performances the Stanley Cup Playoffs have ever seen. Continue reading

PROSPECT ROUND-UP: Lafferty roaring to life in junior season

Jan. 12, 2017
blog_laffertyIn Sam Lafferty’s first draft year, there was little hype surrounding the slim forward at Deerfield Academy. He returned to prep school for an explosive season, and received an unexpected call the following summer.

Lafferty had been drafted.

Not only was he now property of an NHL club, but the Hollidaysburg, Pa. native was taken by his favorite team: The Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins are in all likelihood very pleased with their 2014 fourth round pick, as he’s enjoying by far his best season of college hockey at Brown University at the moment. He has 22 points in 15 games this season which leads in team. In fact, he’s coming off a four-point performance (1G-3A) in Brown’s last game, a 7-4 loss to New Hampshire on Jan. 8.

Last Sunday was Lafferty’s second four-point game and sixth multi-point showing this season, signaling that his outburst this season is not a flash in the pan and likely to continue throughout the year. In his freshman year at Brown, he had 12 points in 31 games. Lafferty regressed to 10 points in 31 games the next season, but this year, he’s been Brown’s most reliable offensive weapon in addition to playing a responsible defensive game, as well.


Daniel Sprong returned to action for the first time this season over the weekend, recording one assist in his season debut with Charlottetown and throwing 12 shots on goal in two games. Sprong is playing in the QMJHL after sustaining a shoulder injury last summer that kept him out for seven months.

Troy Josephs, Pittsburgh’s seven round pick in 2013, had a two-assist outing in Clarkson University’s last game on Jan. 7 vs. Rennesslaer. Josephs has five points in his last four games, and has 15 points in 18 games this season with the Golden Knights.

No. 1-ranked Penn State went a month between games, and returned with a weekend series split with No. 14 Ohio State. Nikita Pavlychev had an assist in the Nittany Lions’ 4-2 win on Jan. 7. The six-foot-seven centerman and 2015 seventh rounder centers Penn State’s third line, and is second on the team with 22 penalty minutes.

The Daily Penguin – Dec. 8, 2016


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 – Dec. 7, 2016


Since coming back from a first-quarter injury, Conor Sheary has been big for the Pittsburgh Penguins (TribLive.com)

Pittsburgh’s video coach (and former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton video coach), Andy Saucier, getting some kudos for his behind the scenes influence on the Penguins’ success (Post-Gazette.com)

Justin Schultz has thrived in his new role with the Penguins organization (NBCSports.com)



Hershey: He’s not quite Tom Kostopoulos, but Bears captain Garrett Mitchell speaks about his long tenure with Hershey (PennLive.com)

The Daily Penguin – Nov. 30, 2016


Seth Lakso of The Citizens’ Voice recounts the journey to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first shutout of the season (CitizensVoice.com)

While the WBS penalty kill has been dynamite all season, Pittsburgh is searching for answers to its P.K. woes (Post-Gazette.com)

Jim Rutherford admits he has a tall task in front of him balancing the two top goaltenders he has in Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette.com)



St. John’s: The IceCaps were defeated easily by Syracuse last night (TheTelegram.com)

St. John’s: Rookie goalie Charlie Lindgren has emerged as the reliable backstopped for the IceCaps even in the face of tons of shots (TheTelegram.com)

The Daily Penguin – Nov. 11, 2016


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)


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