The Pittsburgh Penguins concluded the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft by making four selections, beginning with defenseman Scott Harrington of the London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) in the second round, and finishing with three forwards, to round out the team’s 2011 class.
Less than 24 hours after choosing blueliner Joseph Morrow of the Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League) with the 23rd overall selection of the opening round, Pittsburgh went the defensive route again in the second round by choosing Harrington with the 54th overall selection.
Pittsburgh finished its day by selecting a trio of forwards: fifth-round selection Dominik Uher (Ostvava, CZE); sixth-round pick Josh Archibald (Regin, SK); and seventh-round selection Scott Wilson (Oakville, ON).
Second round (54th overall) – Scott Harrington, a 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Harrington, 18, appeared in 67 games this past season for the Knights, collecting six goals, 16 assists and 22 points. Harrington, a Kingston, ON native, was partners this past season with defenseman Reid McNeill, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2010 draft. In two seasons with the Knights, Harrington has recorded 36 points (7G-29A) and posted a plus-11 rating in 122 contests.
Fifth round (144th) – Dominik Uher, a 6-foot, 195-pound forward from the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Uher, 18, finished the regular season ranked fourth on Spokane with 60 points (21G-39A) in 65 games. He added 11 points (2G-9A) in 17 postseason contests. A native of Ostvava, CZE, Uher has produced 76 points (25G-51A) in 118 games with the Chiefs.
Sixth round (174th) – Josh Archibald, a 5-10, 165-pound forward from Brainerd High School in Brainerd, MN. Archibald, 18, was a finalist for the state of Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey award after notching 27 goals, 46 assists and 73 points in 25 games for Brainerd. The Regina, SK product was the captain this past season for Brainerd – which is the same high school Penguins prospect Carl Sneep attended. Archibald’s father, Jim, who was his head coach at Brainerd, was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the seventh round (139th overall) in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft and played 16 NHL games with the North Stars between 1984-87. Archibald will attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall.
Seventh round (209th) – Scott Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 166-pound forward from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJHL). Wilson, 18, produced 20 goals, 41 assists and 61 points in 42 games this past season for the Raiders. The Oakville, ON native spent three years with Georgetown, collecting 44 goals, 85 assists and 129 points in 104 games. He added 20 points (10G-10A) in 16 postseason contests. Wilson will attend the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the fall.