Penguins Make Seven Selections on Day Two to Complete 2012 NHL Draft Class
The host Pittsburgh Penguins rounded out their 2012 NHL Draft class by making seven selections on Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. Including Friday’s first-round picks Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta, the Penguins made nine selections this weekend – four forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
Pittsburgh began the day by making Shattuck-St. Mary’s center Theodor Blueger their second-round (52nd overall) selection. The 6-foot, 171-pound Blueger led Shattuck this year with 88 points (24G-64A) in 51 games.
The Penguins had two picks in the third round – Nos. 81 and 83 overall. With their first pick they chose center Oskar Sundqvist, who played this past season with Skelleftea Jr. in the Swedish junior league. The 6-foot-3, 172-pound Sundqvist tallied 61 points (26G-35A) and racked up 132 penalty minutes in 43 games with Skelleftea.
With the 83rd pick the Penguins chose goaltender Matthew Murray of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. Murray, 18, was ranked 18th among North American Goalies by NHL Central Scouting at No. 92. The 6-foot-4, 159-pound Thunder Bay, Ontario native appeared in 64 regular-season games for the Greyhounds, posting a 3.96 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.
Pittsburgh also had a pair of selections in the fourth round – Nos. 92 and 113. The Penguins chose Kitchener Rangers forward Matia Marcantuoni, who was ranked No. 59 among North American forwards by NHL Central Scouting. A native of Woodbridge, Ontario, the 6-foot, 194-pound Marcantuoni appeared in 24 games this season with Kitchener, collecting nine goals and 14 points. In two seasons with the Rangers, he has accumulated 20 goals, 21 assists and 41 points in 66 regular-season contests.
The Penguins took their second netminder of the afternoon, Sean Maguire, at No. 113. Maguire (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), who will attend Boston University next season, played 31 games this year with Powell River of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), registering a 2.33 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Maguire was selected to the BCHL Second All-Star Team and shared the BCHL Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy for the lowest combined team goals-against average (1.88) with fellow teammate Michael Garteig.
Pittsburgh selected another defenseman in the fifth round, tabbing Peterborough Petes blueliner Clark Seymour with the 143rd-overall pick. A defensive-minded D-man, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Seymour tallied eight assists in 47 regular-season games this year for Peterborough. Seymour, 19, has played four years in the OHL with Peterborough and Kingston, tallying 21 points (4G-17A) and 213 penalty minutes in 165 games.
The Penguins concluded their 2012 Class by taking Shawinigan right wing Anton Zlobin in the sixth round (173rd overall). Zlobin, 19, recorded a team leading 40 goals and 76 points in 66 regular-season games this season for the Cataractes. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Moscow, Russia native starred during the postseason, tallying nine points (5G-4A) in six games during the 2012 Memorial Cup, including the clinching overtime goal for the Cataractes to help them earn their first Memorial Cup Championship. Zlobin’s junior rights were recently traded to the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.