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Penguins Report: 2011 NHL Draft (Day 2)

Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 9:30 AM / Penguins Report
By Michelle Crechiolo
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Penguins Report: 2011 NHL Draft (Day 2)



  • A glance at the four players selected by the Penguins on day 2 of the draft (4:43 PM).
  • Ray Shero offers updates on free agency and Jaromir Jagr (3:33 PM).
  • Pens select D Scott Harrington of London (OHL) 54th overall (11:41 AM).
  • Pens select F Dominik Uher of Spokane (WHL) 144th overall (1:24 PM).
  • Pens select F Josh Archibald of Brainerd High (Minnesota) 174th overall (1:55 PM).
  • The Pens make their final pick of the 2011 NHL Draft (209th overall), F Scott Wilson of Georgetown (OJHL) (2:31 PM).
  • Steve Mears introduces Harrington to Pens fans (1:08 PM).
  • Goaltender John Gibson is the second local product (and first of the day) to be chosen at the draft (11:21 AM).
  • Forward Brandon Saad ensures the Pittsburgh area has the best draft class ever (11:25 AM).
  • Forward Vince Trocheck is the fourth local product to be chosen at the draft (12:00 PM).
  • All three players spoke to PensTV immediately after being drafted about the whirlwind of emotions they were experiencing (1:16 PM).



4:43 PM:
Let's wrap up this NHL Draft edition of the Penguins Report with a summary of Pittsburgh's four picks today. Sam Kasan has the 411 on the defenseman and three forwards selected by the Pens in rounds 2-7, with insight from asst. director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton.



3:33 PM:
While the draft incites a lot of excitement for the future with all of these young prospects entering the developmental pipeline, sometimes the present can be just as exciting.

Pens GM Ray Shero gave some updates on what's going on with the here and now, primarily free agency and Jaromir Jagr:

On if he had time today to sign a handful of free agents:
No time today. No updates on our free agents, so that will go into next week, probably.

On if he has had any more conversations with Jaromir Jagr’s agent:
No, no. He hasn't come to Minnesota because of the issues he’s got going. I think he’s possibly going to be in Montreal next week, so we may have our conversation in the next day or so just to touch base.

On if there is any movement with Kennedy:
No, nothing to report there. We’ve more or less been working the draft for the last couple of days, so it’s pretty quiet there.

On if he will get involved with the free agents Sunday or wait until Monday:
I’m going to try and get involved now. I’ve got a 7 o’clock flight, so I’ve got plenty of time. So I'll try to get caught up a little bit here today to see where we are, because we have to start making some decisions.

On how the talks with Jagr have been going:
(Jagr’s agent) Petr Svoboda was supposed to be here in Minnesota, but I think he’s got a family issue and I don’t know if he could come. But I do believe he’ll be in Montreal on Monday, so I’ll probably talk to him in the next day or so to express our interest and see we are and see if there is anything we can talk about further. So we’ll see how it goes.

On if the Penguins have interest in Jagr:
Yeah, we have some interest. I’ve talked to the agent and I’ve talked to Jaromir just to find out what we have to offer and what he’s looking to do, what’s the motivation to try to come back to the National Hockey League versus going back to the KHL. So I wanted to meet with our coach here, because certainly from our standpoint, it’s important for our coach to be on board with what we do with free agents. So I met with Dan (Bylsma), so I’ll get back in touch with these guys in the next day or so.





2:31 PM:
The Pens have taken forward Scott Wilson of Georgetown (Ontario Junior Hockey League) with the 209th-overall pick to complete their 2011 NHL Entry Draft selections. That's a wrap!



2:06 PM:
We've entered the home stretch of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, as we're in Round 7! The Pens hold the third-to-last pick, so we've got a little bit of time until our staff makes their last selection of the draft.



1:55 PM:
The Pens have taken winger Josh Archibald, who played last season for Brainerd High School in Minnesota (the same school that Penguins prospect Carl Sneep attended) with the 174th-overall pick. Archibald, who measures 5-foot-10 and 161 pounds, has committed to play Division I hockey for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall.

Archibald was one of Minnesota's 10 finalists for the Mr. Hockey award, given annually to the most outstanding senior player. Current Penguin Paul Martin won the award while playing for Elk River High School in 2000. 



1:24 PM:
The Pens have taken center Dominik Uher of the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) with the 144th-overall pick. Click here for his prospect profile.



1:22 PM:
Pens are up next with the 144th overall pick. It's already the fifth round. This is flying by. Yikes.



1:16 PM:
PensTV caught up with each of the Pittsburgh-area players immediately after each one was drafted:

JOHN GIBSON



BRANDON SAAD



VINCE TROCHECK





1:08 PM:
Watch Steve Mears introduce the newest Penguin, Scott Harrington, to Pittsburgh fans:





12:39 PM:
Scott Harrington experiencing what happens after being drafted:


Harrington meets Pens GM Ray Shero and assistant GM Jason Botterill


Trying to articulate his emotions to the media



12:00 PM:
Forward Vince Trocheck (Upper St. Clair) has been selected in the third round (64th overall) by the Florida Panthers! That's four Pittsburgh-area prospects taken in the draft so far! What's already the best draft class in Pittsburgh amateur hockey history just keeps getting better! Steel City, represent.

The newest member of the Panthers organization speaking to the media:





And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...Trocheck's baby photos!!!


Little Vince with Mario himself!!!


With the SHAHA Panthers (left) and Pittsburgh Hornets (right)



11:49 AM:
Yahoo! Sports blog "Buzzing the Net" did a Q&A with Harrington back in February. Click here to read the exchange and learn more about the newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



11:41 AM:
The Pens have taken defenseman Scott Harrington of the London Knights (OHL) with the 54th-overall pick!!! Check out his prospect profile.



11:25 AM:
Just minutes later, forward Brandon Saad (Gibsonia) is selected 43rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks! Pittsburgh is dominating the second round! And now that a total of three local products have been chosen so far, this is already officially the best draft class to ever come out of the Pittsburgh area.

Not only does Saad cement the elite status of the Pittsburgh-area draft class, but he'll also join Wampum native Stephen Johns in the Blackhawks organization. Jason Seidling has more.





We may or may not have gotten photos of all of the Pittsburgh products from when they were just little guys. So continuing on, here's Saad with the first team he ever played for, the Butler Valley Dawgs. Love the spelling. Represent!







11:21 AM:
Goaltender John Gibson (Whitehall) is the second Pittsburgh-area player (and first of the day) to be chosen at the 2011 NHL Draft!!! He's taken 39th overall by the Anaheim Ducks, and is super excited to join a strong young nucleus out in California.

Gibson, who was the No. 1-ranked North American goaltender entering the draft, was a teammate of 15th-overall selection J.T. Miller and Upper St. Clair native Barrett Kaib with the USNTDP.





In addition, here's some photos of Gibson when he was just a wee little guy to show how far he has come.






The picture on the right? Absolutely priceless. So precious.



11:19 AM:
The Red Wings selected YouTube sensation Tomas Jurco with the 35th-overall pick that they acquired from Ottawa Friday night in exchange for their first-round pick. Jurco is a teammate of Penguins prospect Simon Despres in Saint John.



11:13 AM:
Edmonton kicks off Round 2 of the draft with the No. 31 overall pick, selecting defenseman David Musil of the Vancouver Giants (WHL). We're off!!! By the way, Rounds 2-7 will move much faster than Round 1. As I type this, St. Louis has already made the 32nd-overall selection (Morrow's teammate in Portland, Ty Rattie) while Florida has already chosen Rocco Grimaldi, the shortest player to ever be taken in the history of the NHL Entry Draft at 5-foot-6. He was a teammate of J.T. Miller, John Gibson and Barrett Kaib with the USNTDP.



10:55 AM:
We're just five minutes away from the start of Round 2!!! The Pens are picking 54th overall.

While we wait, why don't you check out Steve Mears' Round 1 recap?





10:00 AM:
Also, please don't forget to visit Penguins Draft Central for ALL of our draft coverage that we've been compiling for the last few weeks. We'll continue to keep that updated throughout the day today!



9:45 AM:
Not only did the Pens gain an exciting defensive prospect on Friday night, but local product J.T. Miller of East Palestine, OH and Coraopolis, PA made history when he became the highest-drafted Pittsburgh amateur hockey player ever taken in the NHL's yearly draft when the New York Rangers made him the 15th overall selection.



Miller, a forward, spent last season with the USNTDP and is committed to the University of North Dakota for the fall. Although it's hard to see Miller, who grew up a die-hard Penguins, go to a different team, at least he's staying within the Atlantic Division! The Rangers are lucky to have him.

It's still set to be an epic draft for the Pittsburgh region, as four more players from Western Pennsylvania who came up through the area's developmental hockey system (and who all played for the Pittsburgh Hornets elite travel program at some point) have a chance to be chosen today. Goalie John Gibson, forwards Brandon Saad and Vince Trocheck and defenseman Barrett Kaib are all still on the board, so stay tuned to see where they go! We'll definitely be keeping tabs on them.





9:30 AM:
Good morning everyone! Welcome to Day 2 of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Rounds 2-7 will be held today starting at 11 a.m. EST (10 a.m. CST) and will be broadcast exclusively on the NHL Network. If you don't get the NHL Network, no worries! Stay tuned to the blog. We'll bring you all of today's happenings.

The Pens have four picks to use up this Saturday afternoon and their first one of the day, No. 54 overall, will come in Round 2. Then we'll have quite a long break as Pittsburgh will not be up again until Round 5 (No. 144), Round 6 (No. 174) and Round 7 (No. 209) as they traded their third- and fourth-round picks – click here for details.

The Penguins were thrilled to select defenseman Joseph Morrow with the 23rd-overall pick last night. Morrow is an offensive-minded blueliner who's got the size, shot and skating ability that has him projecting as a top-4 defenseman, and he just seems like he'll fit in perfectly with the style of play the Penguins like.

Check out any of the links below to familiarize yourself with the newest Pittsburgh Penguin:



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