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Local Prospects Taken in Day Two of NHL Draft

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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.

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