Penguins Select Local Product Sam Lafferty with their Fourth Round Draft Pick
The Pittsburgh Penguins selected a local product when they chose forward Sam Lafferty with their fourth-round (113th overall) pick at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Lafferty is a native of Hollidaysburg, Pa., which is located near Altoona. He played youth hockey for the Altoona Trackers of the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) and grew up rooting for the Penguins. Lafferty played high school prep hockey the past three seasons with Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Lafferty played in 25 games this past season with Deerfield Academy, notching 21 goals, 34 assists and 55 points. He will spend the 2014-15 season with Tri-City in the United State Hockey League (USHL) before heading to Brown University in 2015-16.
The Penguins chose another player that will go the college route, forward Anthony Angello, in the fifth round (145th overall) with the selection they received from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ben Lovejoy. Angello is committed to play college hockey at Cornell.
Angello, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound forward, played for Omaha in the USHL in 2013-14, scoring 11 goals, 10 assists and 21 points in 58 games. The 18-year-old native of Albany, New York was the No. 114-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.
In the sixth round (173rd overall) the Penguins took forward Jaden Lindo of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 6-foot-1, 202-pound forward played in 40 games this past year, totaling nine goals, nine assists and 18 points.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Lindo was ranked as the 116th-overall skater by International Scouting Services and 154th overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting – although that service had him ranked 96th at midseason before he suffered a knee injury.
In two years with the Attack, Lindo has 14 goals, 26 assists and 40 points in 103 games.
With their final selection, the Penguins chose defenseman Jeff Taylor from Union College in the seventh round (203rd overall).
A 6-foot, 183-pound blueliner, Taylor helped Union College win the 2014 NCAA national championship, registering 16 points (3G-13A) and a plus-20 in 41 games. Taylor was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team.
An 18-year-old native of Clifton, New York, Taylor played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL in ’12-13, notching 27 points (5G-22A) in 57 regular-season games and five helpers in 11 postseason contests.
The Penguins chose five players throughout the two-day draft, including forward Kasperi Kapanen, with the 22nd-overall selection in the first round. Kapanen, the son of long-time NHL player Sami Kapanen, was the No. 1-rated European skater by NHL Central Scouting.