PSR ANYTIME. ANYWHERE. Introducing the Pittsburgh Sports Report eMagazine. Click to read and watch the best sports coverage in the region.
Friday April 18 2014
Leave this field empty.

Local Prospects Taken in Day Two of NHL Draft

PSR Logo
Goaltender John Gibson, Winger Brandon Saad, and Forward Vince Trocheck drafted on Day Two; Penguins draft defenseman Scott Harrington in second round.

John Gibson was the second goalie taken in the draft, going to the Anaheim Ducks with the 9th pick of the second round. The Whitehall native entered the draft as the top-ranked goalie in North America after being named the Best Goaltender at the World Under-18 Championships in the spring. Gibson has committed to Michigan for the next season.

Winger Brandon Saad slipped out of the first round and into the laps of the Chicago Blackhawks with the 13th selection of the second round. Saad, who played high school hockey for Pine-Richland, will likely return to the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit for a second season this fall.

Pittsburgh’s Vince Trocheck became the fourth Pittsburgh talent selected in the draft’s first 64 selections when the Florida Panthers picked him with the third pick of the third round. Trocheck will likely join fellow-Pittsburgher Saad on the Saginaw Spirit for his third season in the OHL.

Pittsburgh’s own NHL club, the Penguins, picked up their second defenseman of the draft in the second round before addressing the forward lines in the later rounds.

The Penguins selected defenseman Scott Harrington with their second-round selection (54th overall). Harrington, who checks in at 6-feet and 200 lbs, appeared in 67 games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, registering 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists) in his second season with the club.

Pittsburgh didn’t make its next pick until the fifth round, bringing in 6-foot, 195-pound center Dominik Uher with the 144th overall selection. The Czech-born forward netted 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) for the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs in the regular season and 11 more points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 17 postseason contests.

The Pens added another forward in the sixth round in Josh Archibald, a 5’10”, 165-pound product of the Minnesota high school system. Archibald, who served as a captain at Brainerd high school – which is the same high school as fellow Penguins prospect Carl Sneep – notched  73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) in 25 games with the team. The Minnesota Mr. Hockey award finalist has already committed to play at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Pittsburgh picked up its third-straight forward in the draft’s seventh and final round, selecting Scott Wilson from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. The 5’11”, 166-pound forward contributed 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) for the Raiders in 42 games this past season and 129 points (44 goals, 85 assists) in 104 games over three seasons. Wilson will attend the University of Massachusetts-Lowell this fall.

It’s all starting to make sense. The Steelers have not made the playoffs the past two seasons. Those two years have seen the team part ways with players who were integral to a sustained run of success that resulted in a pair of Super Bowl championships.
Editor's DeskFeature OnePure Steel
The play of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has a tremendous impact on every game the team plays. Whatever success the Penguins have in the Stanley Cup Playoffs will depend largely on the opposition’s ability to contain No. 87. But he is not doing it alone.
Blue LineFeature TwoTop Story
A champion won't be crowned in the NHL for nearly two months, but the quest for hockey's holy grail begins now. Sixteen teams are lacing up their skates and preparing for the upcoming hunt for the Stanley Cup. Here are the four favorites.
Blue LineFeature Three
Pirates' righthander Charlie Morton put an exclamation point on his recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2012 with the best major league season of his career, posting 7-4 record with a 3.26 ERA.
Feature FourNorth Shore Notes
PSR VIDEO
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 USS HS GOTWHigh School TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Xfinity HS FootballHigh School TV Channel
Full size video and summary... COGOS Feature MatchupMisc YouTube Player 3High School TV Channel
The newest crop of rookies will enter the NFL on May 8, when the 2014 NFL Draft gets underway at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Houston Texans own the first selection, and it's a South Carolina defensive end who sits atop PSR's board.
Custom 1Pure Steel
The Steelers’ offseason additions and subtractions have given a peek into what may be going on in the team’s South Side War Room as the team prepares for one of the deepest drafts in years. Several players have emerged as potential targets for the Black and Gold in 2014.
Custom 2Pure SteelTop Story
Several local players could be off the board before the second round is completed on May 9. Pitt's Aaron Donald is the top prospect, but Penn State has a pair of players who expect to hear their names called early as well.
Custom 3Penn StatePitt FootballSmall CollegesWVU
The 2014 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the deepest in recent memory. But even in the deepest of drafts, there are studs, duds, snubs and flubs. How is one to know if a draft pick is worth cheering for, or if he should be booed mercilessly?
Custom 4NationalPure Steel