PENGUINS’ SECOND-DAY DRAFT PICKS INCLUDE SAMUELSSON, BATHGATE
The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins made six selections on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft, including Philip Samuelsson, son of former Penguin Ulf Samuelsson, and Andy Bathgate, grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer and former Penguin Andy Bathgate Sr.
Pittsburgh started the day by selecting Samuelsson (pictured), a defenseman who played this season for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. He was the final pick of the second round, 61st overall. Samuelsson, 17, recorded 22 assists along with 60 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Steel.
The Penguins selected Ben Hanowski 63rd overall in the third round. The 18 year-old high school winger from Little Falls, Minnesota set a record for most points in a high school career with 405 points (196 goals, 209 assists), surpassing an 11 year-old mark of 378 points. Hanowski will play for St. Cloud State next season.
Other Penguins picks on the second day were:
Fourth round (121st overall) – Nicholas Petersen, a 6-3, 183-pound forward from Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Petersen, 20, had 37 goals and 90 points in 68 games this season with Shawinigan.
Fifth round (123rd) – Alex Velischek, a 6-0, 200-pound defenseman from Delbarton High School in New Jersey. Velischek, 18, is the son of former NHL defenseman Randy Velischek and will play college hockey at Providence. He had 16 goals and 51 points in 30 games as a senior at Delbarton, where the team won the New Jersey state championship for the second straight year.
Fifth round (151st) – Andy Bathgate, a 6-1, 175-pound center from Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League. Bathgate’s playing time was limited this season following shoulder surgery, but the 18 year-old compiled four goals and 17 points in 49 games over parts of two seasons with Belleville. His grandfather, Andy Bathgate, was a Hockey Hall of Famer and an original Penguin. The Penguins acquired the pick by trading the rights to goaltender Chad Johnson to the New York Rangers.
Sixth round (181st) - Viktor Ekbom, a 6-1, 187-pound defenseman from Oskarshamn in the Swedish Elite League. Ekbom, 20, helped Sweden to a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships, contributing two assists. He had one goal and six points in 15 international appearances for Sweden.
The Penguins traded the final pick of the draft in the seventh round (211st Overall) to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a sixth round selection at the 2010 Entry Draft.