Penguins Select Six In 2017 NHL Draft

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins selected six players in the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday.

With the 51st overall pick, the Penguins selected 18-year-old Zachary Lauzon from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Penguins say last season Lauzon won the Kevin Lowe Award for the best defensive defenseman in the QMJHL, which Kris Letang won in 2007. Lauzon told the Penguins he was the youngest player in the history of the league to win the Kevin Lowe Award.

In the third round of the Draft, with the 93rd overall pick, the Penguins selected 17-year-old Clayton Phillips from the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.

The Penguins made two additional picks in the fifth round. With the 152nd overall pick, they selected 18-year-old Jan Drozg from Leksands.

With the 155th overall pick, they selected 20-year-old Linus Olund from the Brynäs of the Swedish Elite League.

With the 186th overall pick, the Penguins selected 18-year-old Antti Palojarvi from Lukko of the Finnish Junior League in the sixth round.

For the last pick of the Draft, taken 217th overall, the Penguins selected 19-year-old William Reilly from RPI of the ECAC.

Friday night, the Pens made a trade to acquire Ryan Reaves from the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Pens sent rookie forward Oskar Sundqvist and the 31st overall pick to the Blues.

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