Pens Make Final Draft Picks In Rounds 4-7
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have made their final picks in day two of the NHL Draft.
Saturday they picked up Sam Lafferty of Deerfield Academy in the fourth round of the NHL Draft and Anthony Angello of Omaha in the fifth round.
Lafferty was the 113th pick. He’s also a native of Hollidaysburg, Pa. The Pens say he will play for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BC Hockey League for the upcoming season.
Angello was the 145th pick.
Angello was clearly excited to get picked, tweeting during the draft:
“It’s a huge honor and blessing to be drafted by the @penguins! Dream come true! #NHLDraft”
The Pens went on to pick Jaden Lindo in the sixth round and Jeff Taylor as their seventh-round pick.
Lindo, the 173rd pick, is a right wing from Brampton, Ontario. Taylor, the 203rd pick, is a defenseman from Union College.
Friday they traded forward James Neal to the Nashville Predators.
The team acquired Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling in the deal.
Neal, 26, had 27 goals and 34 assists in 59 games for the Penguins this season. He has 161 career goals and 154 assists in 413 career regular-season games.
Hornqvist, 27, had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. He has 106 goals and 110 assists in 363 career regular-season games.
“In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play.”
Spaling, 25, had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.
“We like Spalding, he can play all three positions on the third line,” Rutherford said. “I think we were just trying to change the mix of our team a little bit and get a little different type player.”
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