PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- The Penguins selected Daniel Sprong, a 6-foot, 180-pound right winger, with the 46th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Sprong scored 39 goals and had 88 points in 2014-15 for Charlottetown in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Some pre-draft projections had Sprong as a first-round pick, but Sprong told Bob Pompeani that he didn’t know why he fell.

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“I have no idea. It’s not in my control. Maybe the teams didn’t want me, they wanted someone else. But I’m very happy that I slipped to Pittsburgh. It’s a great organization, and I can’t wait to get started, and I’m really excited,” Sprong said.

Sprong told Pompeani that he will bring an offensive-minded game to the organization.

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“I’m a scorer, playmaker. I just bring an excitement to the game. I love playing the game, and very offensive minded. I need to work on my defensive game, my game without the puck,” Sprong said.

Sprong was born in Amsterdam, and got into hockey because his father was a player. He also became a Penguins fan after working with the skating coach who trained Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar. So what would it be like to skate on a line with Malkin or Sidney Crosby, whom he met as a child?

“If that happens, just an unbelievable thing, and I’ll be looking forward to it,” Sprong said.

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