The Pittsburgh Penguins made waves on the draft floor at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago by acquiring forward Ryan Reaves and a 2017 second-round draft pick (51st overall) from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Oskar Sundqvist and a 2017 first-round draft pick (31st overall). The transactions was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
“We’re very excited to add Ryan to our organization,” Rutherford said. “He will be a regular in our top-12, and he will add both size and a physical presence.”
Sundqvist had spent a majority of the past two seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, earning 25 goals and 38 assists for 63 points in 108 AHL games. Last season, Sundqvist set pro career highs across the board in goals (20), assists (26), points (46), games played (63) and plus-minus (+12).
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Reaves is coming off of his best NHL season, setting career highs in goals (7), assists (6) and points (13), in addition to collecting 104 penalty minutes in 80 games played with the Blues. He also skated in 11 postseason contests with St. Louis.
Reaves led the Blues, and finished 10th in the NHL, with 239 hits this past season. That marked the fourth-straight year that the Winnipeg, Manitoba native has surpassed the 200-hit plateau.
Reaves was originally chosen by the Blues in the fifth round (156th overall) in the 2005 NHL Draft. He has skated in 419 career NHL regular-season contests with St. Louis, netting 27 goals, 24 assists and 51 points with 695 penalty minutes. Reaves has added one goal in 36 playoff contests.
Before turning pro, Reaves skated for three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League.
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