PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have picked up Forward Daniel Sprong during day two of the NHL Draft.

Sprong was the 46th overall pick.

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The Dutch hockey player was excited to join the Pens.

The 18-year-old Sprong had 39 goals and 49 assists for Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. Sprong added seven goals and four assists in the playoffs as Charlottetown won a postseason series for the first time since 2004.

The Penguins say Sprong’s father, Hannie, played hockey professionally in Holland.

Sprong is from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and was one of the fastest skaters in the junior ranks. The 6-foot, 180-pound Sprong is the first pick by the Penguins in this year’s draft. Pittsburgh shipped its first-round pick to Edmonton in January for forward David Perron.

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And later, with the 137th pick, the team also picked forward Dominik Simon.

With the 167th pick, the Pens went with forward Frederik Tiffels.

The team also went with forward Nikita Pavlychev for the 197th pick.

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